Iran, Ukraine discuss January plane crash

Tasnim – A ranking Iranian diplomat and Ukraine’s ambassador to Tehran talked about various issues surrounding the January 8 crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Iran Sergei Burdyliak held a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand on Tuesday.

The two diplomats discussed the January crash of the Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran and the latest developments relating to the incident from various aspects.

In the meeting, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister emphasized that he is prepared to hold talks with Ukrainian officials at any time and any place determined by Ukrainians at the earliest possible moment in order to immediately resolve the issues about the black boxes of the plane, paying compensation to families of the victims, and other issues relating to the tragic incident.

In turn, the Ambassador of Ukraine welcomed the proposal from the Iranian diplomat, saying he will immediately relay the idea to the relevant Ukrainian authorities and later inform the Iranian side about the results, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.

The Kiev-bound UIA Boeing 737 crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on January 8, killing all 176 people on board, mostly Iranian and Canadian citizens.

Iran said the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile due to human error.