2020-December-2 12:53
2020-November-22  17:08

Official: Canada Seeking to Politicize Probing into Ukrainian Plane Crash

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand blasted Canada for politicizing Iran's cooperation in the investigation into the crash of the Ukrainian plane.

"Tehran has done all the necessary cooperation with Canada and other countries, but the Canadian government does not respect international law and tries to politicize the issue," Baharvand said. 

Baharvand underlined that Iran is investigating the crash of a Ukrainian plane and has provided the international parties with the needed access.

"According to Article 13 of the Chicago Convention, the country in which the incident took place is responsible for the investigation process," he added.

Referring to the Canadian foreign minister's claim that Iran is not cooperating in the crash of the Ukrainian plane, he said, "Such claims are untrue and only two months from now the report will be published."

A Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane was accidentally shot down by an Iranian rocket near Tehran on January 8, 2020.

It happened after the US terrorist attack against motorcade of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, late anti-terror Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods forces and his companions near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020.

Iran reciprocated the US terrorist operation by hitting the US Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq.

Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh admitted that human error the incident.

In relevant remarks on October 19, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin described as positive and constructive the talks between the two countries on the Ukrainian passenger plane incident, and expressed hope that the talks would end in favorable and desirable results soon.

"I hope that we could settle the case of tragic plane incident very soon," Zarif said.

Zarif and Yenin also exchanged views on the expansion of bilateral ties and the ways to expand cooperation between the two countries in different areas.

Iranian and Ukrainian officials started the second round of talks on the passenger plane crash on October 19 and continued until October 21.

In the second round of negotiations, Mohsen Baharvand hosted his Ukrainian counterpart and the accompanying delegation.

Baharvand underlined that Iran has nothing to hide about the Ukrainian plane incident, and said that the Islamic Republic is ready to honestly inform the Ukrainian delegation about the details of the incident.