Iran's representative will soon arrive in Ukraine with the official apologies within the case of the flight PS752 tragedy. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko reported this during the question hour at the Parliament on January 17.
"In the near future, I guess, at the beginning of the next week, a special representative of the Iranian government will come to Ukraine with an official apology and his explanations. We'll have a chance to meet him", the Minister said.
According to him, Foreign Ministries of five countries that lost their citizens in the tragedy created the mechanism that would let them bring Iran to responsibility.
"Yesterday, I spoke with the Iranian minister. Currently, we enjoy full cooperation with Iran; (...) at that, mechanisms of joint work in the criminal investigation are developed. Besides, a group was created in the UN, which jointly considers options to increase international pressure on Iran. That is, we have all mechanisms at our disposal to apply pressure and get not only apologies but also everything else, including the compensation to our citizens", the Foreign Minister said.
As we reported earlier, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS 752 with 176 people aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport. No one, including 11 Ukrainians survived the tragedy. The aircraft was on its way from Tehran to Kyiv. The crash took place soon after the takeoff. Iranian media reported that, quoting the airport administration. The officials said that the reason for the crash was a "technical malfunction" of the plane's engine. The Ukrainian air company that owned the aircraft denied that there was such a malfunction; a pilot's mistake was ruled out, too.
Later, Iran recognized that the plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile; it was fired because the operator of the AA defense system could not tell the civilian aircraft from a hostile object and decided to fire anyway. Iran pleaded guilty and offered its condolences to families of the victims. On January 16, Iran's government claimed that the procedure of identification of bodies was over, and the remains of Ukrainian citizens who perished there would be brought to Ukraine by January 19.