Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ukraine on Wednesday accused Iran of delaying relief to the families of the victims of the crash in Ukraine, saying that Tehran has not yet agreed to talks.
The Islamic Republic shot down Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 shortly after taking off from the capital Tehran on January 8, 2020. All 176 people on board were killed, including 85 Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Three days later, it admitted that its troops had mistakenly targeted Boeing 737-800 planes to Kiev.
“We, the ministers representing Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, have not accepted that the Islamic Republic of Iran shot down flight PS752 on November 22, 2021,” the four countries said in a joint statement.
On Friday, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolly had a conversation with British Foreign Minister Elizabeth Truss and jointly pledged to “seek justice by holding Iran accountable.”
The four countries seeking remedies said on Wednesday that if Iran continues to “avoid negotiations with the organization, (they) will have no choice but to seriously consider other actions and measures to resolve the matter within the framework of international law.”
On Sunday, the trial of 10 soldiers related to the jetliner crash began in Tehran.
In a final report in March, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) pointed to the “alertness” of missile attacks and its ground forces at a time when tensions between Iran and the United States increased.
The Islamic Republic has just raided a US base in Iraq in response to the killing of General Qassim Soleimani and looks forward to a response from Washington.
Ukraine, which lost 11 citizens in the disaster, said the report was “a cynical attempt to conceal the true cause of the tragedy,” while Canada said it had “no conclusive facts or evidence” and promised to announce the findings soon. It’s own investigation.