The Iranian side has declared its readiness to pay $150,000 in compensation to each family of those killed in the downing of a Ukraine International Airlines passenger place, the Iranian Embassy in Ukraine has said on Facebook.
Iranian diplomats noted that a wide range of issues related to criminal proceedings and technical issues, including aviation and flight safety issues, as well as Iran's final report, had been discussed during the third round of talks on the crash of flight PS752.
"The Iranian delegation announced its readiness to pay compensation to Ukrainian families of those killed in the disaster in the amount of $150,000 for each victim, in accordance with a resolution of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It asked the Ukrainian delegation to bring this information to the attention of relatives of the deceased Ukrainians," the report reads.
During the talks on June 2-3, the Iranian delegation also announced the registration of lawsuits filed by the relatives of 103 victims to the Iranian judiciary, some of them being foreign nationals.
In addition, according to the embassy, during the discussion of technical issues, the Iranian delegation presented a report on the Safer Skies Initiative and stated that after the UIA plane crash, it took the necessary measures to fully ensure that such disasters will not happen in the future.
According to Iranian diplomats, commenting on the Ukrainian delegation's announcement regarding the creation of a joint group with three other countries involved in the UIA plane crash and an appeal to Iran to negotiate with the group, the Iranian side said it did not recognize the group as a negotiating party and said it was dissatisfied with the unprofessional behavior and hostility of some of these countries.
"At the same time, the Iranian delegation stressed the readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran for negotiations and bilateral cooperation with countries that respect the sovereignty, jurisdiction and political independence of Iran," the embassy said.
According to Iranian diplomats, at the end of the talks, the Ukrainian side declared its readiness to hold the next round of talks.
"Given the high level of political relations between the two countries, the Iranian side welcomed the proposal of the Ukrainian side, but in order to avoid these talks becoming exhausting, it said that during the future talks it will answer only those issues that remained and that will not be repeated, as well as on the basis of and within the framework of the legislation and legal norms of the Republic of Iran," the embassy said.
An International Coordination and Response Group to support families of victims of PS752 issued a statement on June 3 saying that the ministers representing Afghanistan, Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, have taken note of the unique situation in Afghanistan that requires its full attention and agreed that while Afghanistan will remain a key partner and continue to play an important role in the group, it will not engage directly in the upcoming negotiations.
The third round of talks between Ukraine and Iran on the UIA plane shot down near Tehran in 2020 took place in Kyiv on June 2-3.
On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines plane (Flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport. 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). All of them died.