The Ukrainian foreign minister said on Tuesday that it would soon be a human error to launch a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran in January that would jeopardize the results of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO).
The CAO said in an interim report that the plane accidentally crashed and 176 people were killed on board because a radar system was misaligned and communication between the air defense operator and its commanders was lacking.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an online briefing that many questions remained unanswered.
"I want to make it clear that it is early to say that the plane was shot down due to human error, as the Iranian side claims," he said. "We have a lot of questions, and we need a large number of authoritative, unbiased, and objective answers to what happened."
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards shot down Ukraine International Airlines' flight with a surface-to-air missile shortly after the Tehran plane took off on January 8. Iran later called it a "catastrophic mistake" by forces on high alert during a confrontation with the United States.
Tehran said last month that it would send the black box black box recorders of the crashed airliner to France for analysis, and experts from the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Ukraine would take part in the decryption.
Kuleba said an Iranian delegation would arrive in Kiev later this month to discuss the compensation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in February that Kiev was not satisfied with the amount of compensation offered by Iran.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, editor of Timothy Heritage)
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