The NATO Secretary General also expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the crash in Iran.
"Let me begin by expressing deep condolences to all those who lost loved ones in a terrible plane crash near Tehran. This is a tragedy. It is important that we get the opportunity to establish all the facts. Given this, a thorough and transparent investigation is necessary. I urge Iran to fully participate and contribute to such a thorough and transparent investigation, ”Stoltenberg said.
As is known, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 179 passengers aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport on January 8. No one of those 177 aboard, 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 that day, the Iranian government refused to send the flight recorders to Ukraine, which means Kyiv will not be able to conduct its own investigation of the tragedy. Iran denied that any claims of the plane being shot down by a missile made no sense. However, top Western officials, including Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Boris Johnson either expressed doubts that there was an engine malfunction or even directly claimed that the aircraft was downed.