"The Ukrainian plane is insured by European companies in Ukraine and not by Iranian (insurance) companies," said Gholamreza Soleimani, according to IRNA. "Therefore, compensation should be paid by those European companies."
Soleimani's comments concerned the aircraft and did not address potential compensation for victims' families.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in February that Ukraine was not satisfied with the size of compensation Iran had offered to families of Ukrainians killed in the incident, Reuters wrote.
Last month, Iranian and Ukrainian officials held talks on the compensation, with another round set for October.
In a July report, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization blamed a chain of mistakes – such as a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defense operator and his commanders – for the plane crash.
On January 8, Iran mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport. All 176 aboard were killed. The majority of the victims were Iranian or Canadian.
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 forces based 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.