2021-May-8 08:36
2021-January-11  16:22

Iran: No Redline for Probing into Ukrainian Plane Crash Case

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi said there is no redline for his country in the follow-up and investigation into the Ukrainian Plane Flight PS752.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers no redline in the probe into the case of the crashed Ukrainian plane,” Rayeesi said on Monday.

“The report of the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces has been completely announced to the families of victims of the incident,” he noted, adding, “This can remove any doubt in this respect.”

In relevant remarks on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the artificial pressures of bankrupt elements who seek to politicize the issue of Ukraine’s crashed plane will not put Iran in bottleneck, and criticized Kiev for lack of cooperation.

"The approach of a few countries and the intervention of some known bankrupt elements show that they seek to politicize this issue and do not seek to resolve it," Khatibzadeh said, stressing that Tehran will not be captivated by these moves despite Ukraine’s non-cooperative approach on the issue.

"We had good talks in two rounds with Ukraine, where technical issues were discussed," he said, adding, "The third round was scheduled for November 2020 in Ukraine, but despite numerous follow-ups, the Ukrainian side has not yet specified the exact date."

"Iran raised the issue of payments in two rounds of talks with Ukraine, and the Ukrainian side did not cooperate," the spokesman went on to say.

“Iran, as a responsible government and in a technical and independent framework, will pursue and respond to the issue," he stated, adding, "We are accountable to the victims and international organizations."

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.