July 1, 2021
The payment of compensation to individual families does not absolve Iran of international legal responsibility for the downing of flight PS752, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhenii Yenin told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and published on Wednesday(link is external).
“Addressing the Iranian side, I can say that payments to individual families do not relieve Iran of its international legal responsibility. Iran will not manage to avoid paying compensations. There is no precedent in the world practice when victims did not receive compensations after a plane crash,” Yenin said.
The Iranian military shoot down the Ukrainian passenger plane on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 aboard as it was taking off from Tehran amid military tensions with the United States. Tehran first denied it had fired missiles at the plane but when videos emerged, the Revolutionary Guard admitted one of its missile batteries had fired two missiles at the plane.
Iran has not allowed any independent foreign investigation, insisting that the incident was the result of human error. Ukraine and other countries with citizens aboard have demanded a full and comprehensive report that would show which high-ranking officials were responsible.
Iran has offered to pay $150,000 to each family who lost loved ones, but Ukraine insists that should be a matter for negotiations.
“We will use all our resources and the help of our partners to protect the interests of all those affected by this tragedy,” the deputy minister stressed.