WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 4th Oct, 2022) Canada, Ukraine, Sweden and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement on Monday urging Iran to respect its international legal obligations over the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.
“We, Ministers representing Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, stand with the grieving families on this solemn occasion and honor the memories of the victims killed on board Flight PS752. We renew our demand that Iran fulfill its international legal obligations and ensure transparency and justice for their actions,” the countries said in a statement marking 1,000 days since the downing of the jet.
The countries expressed gratitude to the legal team in charge of the issue and pledged to hold Iran accountable, the statement added.
The Ukraine International Airlines flight crashed almost immediately after takeoff from Tehran on January 8, 2020. All 176 people on board were killed, including citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Afghanistan, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
After initially denying involvement, Iran eventually admitted that the jet had been accidentally shot down by its armed forces, which mistook it for an enemy cruise missile. It happened when the air defense was active after attacks on a US military base in Iraq in retaliation for the US killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.