Sweden says Iran agrees to compensate families from downing of Ukrainian airliner

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EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Sweden says Iran agrees to compensate families from downing of Ukrainian airliner

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08111783 One of the engine of the plane lies among the wreckage after an Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 people crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board, in Shahriar, Iran, 08 January 2020. EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

One of the engine of the plane lies among the wreckage after an Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 people crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board, in Shahriar, Iran, 08 January 2020.
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Later, Iran admitted that its forces accidentally shot down the plane. Sweden said Thursday that Iran has agreed to compensate the families of the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down minutes after takeoff from Tehran in January and killed all 176 people on board. Iranian forces had been on high alert at the time of the tragedy, which came hours after Iran launched missile strikes on an Iraqi military base housing US troops. “We have signed an agreement of mutual understanding that we will now negotiate with Iran about amends, compensation to the victims’ next of kin”, Sweden’s foreign minister Ann Linde said, adding that a deal had been reached after negotiations with Iran and the countries with citizens among the victims. It is still unclear what sums would be paid out. The strikes were in retaliation to the US drone killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. The victims included Iranian-Canadians, but there were also citizens from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and Ukraine.
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