Zelensky, Trudeau agree on further joint actions in investigating PS752

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian leader expressed readiness to assist Canadian counterparts
22:22, 14 January 2020

112 Agency

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskly and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed on further joint actions in terms of the PS752 probe. This was agreed on during their phone conversation on Tuesday, the President's press office reported.

Trudeau thanked Zelensky for the efforts, which made it possible for Canadian specialists to reach the crash site. He asked the Ukrainian leader to assist in the dialogue with Iranian government as the bodies of the dead are identified. 

"Ukrainian specialists and diplomats are ready to assist their Canadian colleagues in Tehran", Zelensky replied.

The joint coordination and response group, chaired by Foreign Ministers of the countries that lost their citizens in the tragedy, will take place in London on January 16.

As is known, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 176 people aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport. No one, including 11 Ukrainians survived the tragedy.

Related: Ukraine's Parliament recognized Iran fully responsible for PS752 disaster

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.

Initially, Iran denied that any claims of the plane being shot down by a missile made no sense. Later, the government and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps recognized that the aircraft was downed by a missile, as the country's anti-aircraft defense systems were on high alert. Tehran expressed its deepest condolences to all those who lost their loved ones in the disaster.

Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelensky insisted that Kyiv expects prosecution of those responsible for the tragedy and compensation from Iran.

Related: PS752 investigation: Video appears on Web showing Ukraine's aircraft downed with two missiles


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