Iranian, Ukrainian senior diplomats hold talk on crashed Ukrainian plane

Xinhua News Agency | Aug 5, 2020 at 7:48 PM

TEHRAN, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran and Ukraine senior diplomats held a phone talk Wednesday on the follow-up of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight shot down near Tehran earlier this year, official IRNA news agency reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin exchanged views on the visit to Kiev by an Iranian negotiation team last week, the report said.

Both diplomats described the meeting between the two countries' negotiators as positive, and voiced hope that continued exchange of information and negotiations will soon bear result in a favorable manner for the two nations.

Zarif told Yenin of Iran's readiness to help alleviating the grief of the families of the victims by paying financial reparations.

The Ukrainian diplomat, for his part, expressed Kiev's willingness to send its own team of negotiators to Tehran for the second round of talks.

The first round of dialogues ended last Friday in Ukraine, where technical and legal aspects of the incident were examined, and details of the October round of talks in Tehran were agreed upon.

UIA's Tehran-Kiev PS752 flight was shot down by two rockets shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Jan. 8, resulting in the deaths of all 167 passengers and nine crew members on board.

Later, Iran's armed forces said the cause of the incident was an accidental launch of its projectiles, due to the misalignment of its missile guidance system, plus an unauthorized decision to open fire.

In late July, the transcript of the black boxes from the plane confirmed the fact of an illegal interference with the plane.