On Wednesday, 30 December, the Iranian authorities instructed the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development to pay $150,000 to each family of the Ukraine International Airlines plane crash victims who died when the aircraft was shot down near Tehran in January this year.

As Iran’s state agency IRNA informed, the compensation is to be provided to the relatives of plane crash victims, regardless of their race and nationality, following international norms.

“During today’s meeting the government adopted a resolution on preparation for the payment of USD 150,000 or the equivalent in euros for each deceased family and relatives of the plane crash victims,” the statement said.

Since the disaster occurred on 8 January, the vice president of legal affairs has asked the government to pay the compensation before its first anniversary. As Mohammad Eslami, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development informed, the final report on the disaster had been sent to the countries involved in the investigation.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the amount of compensation for the relatives of the Ukraine International Airlines plane’s crash victims should have been determined via negotiations between the parties, taking into account international practice. Besides, the Foreign Ministry reminded that the Ukrainian side expected from Iran a draft technical report on the crash circumstances.

Bohdan Marusyak

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