"As for the size of compensation, we have agreed that Ukraine will negotiate on behalf of all five countries. And the sum Ukraine will agree on will be paid to citizens of all countries, including, by the way, Iran. This was our principled stance and we managed to maintain it," Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko told reporters after installing a memorial stone to the PS752 flight victims at the Boryspil International Airport, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
According to him, the talks are currently underway with the Iranian authorities to pay compensations to the families of the victims and the UIA company for the destroyed plane.
In addition, he noted that the UIA was negotiating the relevant payments with the insurance company.
At the same time, Prystaiko reminded that the Government of Ukraine had provided assistance to the families of the Ukrainians killed in the accident, but stressed that it was "assistance" not "compensation."
A Ukraine International Airlines plane (Flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport at about 06:00 Tehran time (04:30 Kyiv time) on Wednesday, January 8. There were 176 people on board – nine crew members (all Ukrainians) and 167 passengers (citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK).
On January 11, Iran admitted that its military had accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accepted full responsibility for the downing of the Ukrainian airliner.
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