Iran must be held accountable for shooting-down of Ukraine’s UIA Flight 752 – G7

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The Group of Seven countries (the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Germany, the United States, France and Japan) will continue to support international efforts to bring Iran to justice for the downing of a Ukraine International Airlines plane, a joint communique issued by the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) countries after the summit in Elmau (Germany) on June 26-28 says.

“We continue to support international efforts to hold Iran to account for the unlawful shooting-down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752,” the statement notes.

G7 leaders also stressed that “Iran must never develop a nuclear weapon.” They said a diplomatic solution remains the best way to restrict Iran’s nuclear program and urged Tehran to cooperate substantively with the IAEA.

On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down near Tehran by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, killing 176 people, including nine crew members [all Ukrainians] and 167 passengers [citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK].

It later became known that the UIA plane was shot down by two Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missiles, which Iran had received from russia. This fact, as well as the fact that Tehran refused to hand over “black boxes” to Kyiv, raised doubts to whether the Ukrainian plane was actually shot down by accident.

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