News ID: 272148
Published: 0209 GMT July 28, 2020

Ukrainian FM: Iranian delegation to visit Kiev over crashed plane

Ukrainian FM: Iranian delegation to visit Kiev over crashed plane
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (L) and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz attend a news conference following their talks in Warsaw, Poland on July 27, 2020.

An Iranian delegation will visit Ukraine on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss issues related to a Ukrainian passenger plane mistakenly shot down by Iran in January, the Ukrainian foreign minister said.

Dmytro Kuleba said that the Iranian delegation’s visit is aimed at discussing compensation for the Ukrainian plane.

"I cannot disclose final numbers of the compensation ... numbers will be the result of the consultations," Kuleba told a news conference during a visit to the Polish capital Warsaw on Monday.

Kuleba said Ukraine would represent all countries and groups affected during the talks.

On January 8, Iran mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after take-off from Tehran’s main airport. All 176 aboard were killed. The majority of the victims were Iranian or Canadian, and many were dual nationals.

Iran later called it a “disastrous mistake” that happened at a time when air defense forces were on high alert in case the US retaliated against Iranian missile strikes hours earlier on American military bases stationed in Iraq.

Those strikes were carried out in response to the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on Jan. 3.

The data extraction from the recovered black boxes of the plane were completed in the France's Bureau for Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) in Paris on Thursday.

An Iranian delegation leading an international team examining the plane’s black boxes announced on Friday that the BEA's measures were in full compliance with standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The data included details from the cockpit voice recorder, which records conversations between the pilots and noises on the plane, as well as the flight data recorder, which tracks the flight parameters.

The data was handed over to the Iranian investigation bureau. The bureau is leading the investigation, and the BEA acts as the technical service provider.


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