News ID: 275607
Published: 0146 GMT October 17, 2020

Iran, Ukraine to hold fresh talks on plane incident

Iran, Ukraine to hold fresh talks on plane incident

Iran and Ukraine will hold second round of talks on issues related to a Ukrainian passenger plane mistakenly shot down by Iran in January.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand will host the Ukrainian delegation in Tehran from October 19-21, IRNA reported.  

Baharvand has told the National News Agency of Ukraine that both sides’ technical, judicial and legal experts will hold separate meetings.  

The first round of the talks was held from July 30-31 in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

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, and many were dual nationals.

Among the victims were citizens from Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.

Despite attributing the crash to technical failure in initial assessments, Iran ultimately said that the plane had been brought down by a missile fired “unintentionally” due to “human error” after further investigations.

Iran 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.



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