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Iran, Ukraine in Second Round of Talks to Discuss Compensation for Downed Passenger Plane

Ukrainian and Iranian officials meet in Tehran for a second round of talks from October 19 to 21 to discuss the compensation for the Ukrainian passenger plane that was accidentally struck with two missiles by the Iranian military.

Ukrainian and Iranian officials meet in Tehran for a second round of talks from October 19 to 21 to discuss the compensation for the Ukrainian passenger plane that was accidentally struck with two missiles by the Iranian military.

Ukranian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin said he welcomed Iran’s decision to assume “full responsibility” for the crash and “its readiness to ensure that equal compensation is paid to the relatives of all victims, regardless of their citizenship.”

Yenin also emphasized the importance of an investigation of the crash and called for Iran to provide access to relevant materials.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Monsen Baharvand said that Iran “would never seek to hide details of the Ukranian plane crash or violate the rights of families of the victims.”

Last January 8, Ukranian Airlines Flight 752 crashed after the Iranian military shot it down, killing all 176 people on board.

Iranian authorities initially blamed the tragedy on a technical problem but later admitted that the military misidentified the plane. 

The incident occurred at a time when Iran’s air defenses were on high alert due to military tensions with the United States after the U.S. sent a drone strike that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq.

The first round of talks was held last July 30 to 31 in Kyiv. A third round is expected to be held in a later date.

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