Ukraine makes every effort to maximize compensation for downed plane - minister

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

Reiterating that Tehran has accepted accountability for the tragedy, he noted that "many passengers" on the downed plane were Iranian citizens, adding that talks on Ukrainian citizens will continue.

Iranian forces say they downed the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet after mistaking it for a missile at a time when tensions with the United States had risen.

"The talks ended late last night".

According to Kuleba, the sides agreed upon a framework for the negotiation process, which will be held on several levels, with investigators, technical experts, and lawyers communicating "to determine all the circumstances, including legal and technical nuances".

Later on Friday, the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office said the next round was set for October.

"Of course, if the negotiations with Iran are unsuccessful, then we will go to worldwide courts and I have absolutely no doubt that we will bring Iran to justice".

Ukraine's foreign minister has reiterated his country will make every effort to maximize compensation for a jet that was shot down by Iran in January. "But this is plan B", Kuleba said. "The amount can not be established right away as all involved factors must be considered when establishing it", the minister said, noting that if it becomes apparent that Iran is delaying the negotiation process, Kyiv will be ready for an "alternative scenario to ensure the payment of compensation by other possible means". "We saw Iran was disposed to a serious and substantive conversation", he said.

"Today in Kiev, Iranian delegation started the negotiations on compensation for Iran's shooting down of the Ukrainian International Airlines PS752 flight".

The transcript of the black boxes from the plane confirmed the fact of illegal interference with the plane.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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