Iran said on Wednesday that it would pay $150,000 to the families of the 176 victims of a Ukrainian airliner shot down by Iranian forces near Tehran in January.
The official IRNA news agency announced this news one week before the anniversary of the crash on January 8. Diplomats from countries that have lost their citizenship have been urging Iran to strengthen cooperation on investigations and compensation issues. Iran has not specified a timetable for the compensation of USD 150,000.
Iran initially denied shooting down the plane, but later admitted after Western intelligence reports and increased international pressure that the Iranian military fired on the Ukrainian jet in error.
At the height of tensions between Iran and the United States, the plane crashed. Less than a week ago, a U.S. drone attack killed senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, raising concerns about further violence in the region.
Tehran attributed the shooting to “human error.” In a report he released in the summer, he stated that those equipped with unaligned surface-to-air missile batteries mistakenly identified civilian flights as a threat and opened fire twice. No approval from senior officials.
The Canadian authorities allege that Iran has not disclosed all relevant evidence or provided satisfactory answers to all lingering questions, including the identity of the person being hunted, the exact chain of events that led to the Revolutionary Guard’s firing, and Iran’s launch of ballistics at the US military in Iraq On the night of the missile, Iranian airspace was opened to civil aviation.
B-52S flew over the Persian Gulf, because the “terrorist attack” scared Iran, the United States is ready
The plane was a Boeing 737 from Ukraine International Airlines bound for Kiev, carrying 167 passengers and 9 crew members from multiple countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, and 17 Swedes. 11 Ukrainians, 4 Afghans and 4 British citizens. .
The governments of the five affected countries have been demanding that Tehran take “full responsibility” for the crash and compensate the families of the victims in accordance with international agreements.
As far as Iran is concerned, Iran has issued different messages on compensation issues. The head of the country’s main insurance agency stated in October that Iran will refuse to pay compensation because the aircraft is “insurance provided by European companies”. At the same time, other Iranian officials have promised to negotiate compensation issues with these five countries.
“We made a mistake, but the basis for the compensation should be determined,” Mohsen Baharvand, acting as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in September. “We have told our Ukrainian colleagues that international regulations are our foundation.”
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The association representing the families of the victims issued a statement last week criticizing Iran’s compensation offer and calling for an independent and transparent investigation of the crash.
The statement said: “These families remain vigilant and will not sign any documents.” “The murderer cannot play the role of a mourner.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.