News ID: 302301
Published: 0213 GMT April 19, 2021

Ukraine officials trying to politicize plane crash incident: SNSC

Ukraine officials trying to politicize plane crash incident: SNSC
The photo shows debris from a Ukrainian plane, which crashed near Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital of Tehran early in the morning on January 8, 2020, killing everyone on board.

All allegations made by Ukrainian officials about the accidental bringing down of a passenger plane over Iran’s sky are unconstructive, as they are trying to politicize the case, a high-ranking Iranian security official said.

Keyvan Khosravi, the spokesman for Irans Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), made the remarks in a Monday interview with Press TV, noting that the planes black boxes were one of the main sources of information used to compile the final report of an investigation over accidental bringing down of the Ukrainian plane by Iranian air defense forces in January 2020.

The official mentioned Irans all-out cooperation with Ukraine to clarify various aspects of this incident, saying, Since the inception of this bitter incident, we have accepted all demands put forth by the Ukrainian government, which at times went beyond what was necessary under usual circumstances, so that, there would remain no dark corner in the efforts made to shed light on the truth in this incident.”

Sending the planes black boxes to France to decode their contents is the most important reason that proves Irans transparency and honesty in its effort to bring to light all details about this incident,” Khosravi said.

He described as regrettable and inhuman” efforts made to take political advantage of a bitter incident, which is related to sentiments of scores of bereft families”, adding, Various independent expert groups have delved into all the existing hypotheses about targeting of the Ukrainian plane.”

All those groups, the Iranian official said, have asserted categorically and based on technical and expert evidence that this incident has been unintentional and a result of human error.”

So far, no foreign authority has offered any other technical reason to dismiss or even undermine Irans expert report [on this incident] and [some parties] are merely trying to mount political pressure on Iran by creating [an adverse] media atmosphere and provoking sentiments of the families of this incidents martyrs,” Irans security official added.

Khosravi concluded by saying that judicial measures are underway in hearing of culprits of this bitter incident and their punishment will be soon meted out through the competent court.

On January 8, 2020, the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, en route to Kiev and carrying mostly Iranians, crashed minutes after takeoff near the Iranian capital, killing all the 176 on board.

The plane was brought down by Irans air defenses, which mistook the aircraft for a military target amid tensions between Tehran and Washington following the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq days earlier.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a claim by Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, that the crash was intentional and conscious attack”.



Resource: Press TV
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