The second round of negotiations with Iran on the case of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752 crash began in Tehran on October 19.
"The 2nd round of negotiations with Iran on the downing of flight PS752 has begun. We will work for 2 days, discuss the further course of the investigation & other important aspects – aviation, military, criminal cooperation & application of int'l conventions," Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin said, as reported by Ukraine's Foreign Ministry on Twitter on October 19, 2020.
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- On January 8, 2020, Kyiv-bound Boeing 737 passenger jet flight PS752, operated by Ukraine International Airlines, crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff from Tehran Airport.
- All 176 people on board, including 11 Ukrainian nationals – nine crew and two passengers – were killed. Among victims are also citizens of Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK.
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani admitted that the Ukrainian liner had been shot down as a result of an unintentional "human error," and promised to bring those responsible to justice.
- On June 9, media reports said Iran had accused six persons in the PS752 downing case.
- On July 20, flight recorders were delivered to Paris and decrypted on July 21.
- On July 24, it was reported that data from the black boxes had confirmed external interference with the aircraft's operation.
- On July 29-30, Kyiv hosted the first round of negotiations with Iran regarding compensation to relatives of the PS752 victims.
- On July 31, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba briefed on three major achievements of the negotiations with the Iranian delegation on compensations. In particular, Iran joined in the negotiation process to establish all the circumstances of the disaster, to bring all those responsible to justice and handle all necessary payments. Iran also agreed to fulfill all its obligations under international conventions in the field of aviation. At the same time, there is no answer yet to the question of the size of the compensation.
- At the talks on October 19-20, the Ukrainian delegation plans to hear a detailed explanation by the Iranian side as to what were the causes behind the downing of the plane and who would be held accountable for the incident.