Iran refused to pay compensation to Ukraine International Airlines for the plane shot down near Tehran, arguing that the plane was registered by a European insurance company, not an Iranian one. Reuters reports it, referring to the statement of the head of the Central Insurance Organization of Iran, Golamrez Soleimani.
"The Ukrainian plane is insured by European companies in Ukraine, not Iranian ones. Therefore, those European companies must pay compensation," Soleimani said.
At the same time, it is noted that Soleimani's comment related only to the plane, and not to potential compensation for the families of the victims. There has been no comment from European aviation insurers yet.
As we reported before, Iran would pay compensation to the families of those killed in the crash of the Ukrainian Boeing only after the investigation is completed and all the perpetrators are brought to justice.
"The ball is now on the Iranian side. Everyone is interested in the amount of compensation. I want to emphasize once again that compensation will be calculated only after Ukraine receives full information about the circumstances of the incident, bringing the perpetrators to justice and the Iranian side's apology," Yevgen Yenin said.