Iran says its armed forces mistakenly launched two surface-to-air missiles at a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed with 176 people onboard earlier this month, its first acknowledgement of the precise number of rounds fired at the airliner. Citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Afghanistan and Ukraine were among the dead. "We must know what happened", the statement quoted Zelenskiy as telling the Iranian minister.
Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport minutes after takeoff on 8 January. "Among them in particular is the return of the black boxes", Prystaiko stated.
Canada's Transportation Safety Board issued a statement this morning saying it understands the black boxes are still in Iran and that officials from Iran's aircraft accident investigation bureau may travel to Ukraine this week to meet with the Ukrainian plane crash investigators to discuss the investigation and visit the Ukrainian recorders lab.
"There has been broad consensus in the worldwide community that France would be the right place to send those boxes, but we continue to pressure Iran to do just that", said Trudeau.
Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne last Wednesday dismissed the Iranian position on dual nationality as "nonsense". Hours before the crash, Iran launched missile attacks on two Iraqi bases hosting US troops, in retaliation for the USA killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC.
The disaster happened shortly after Iran launched missiles at USA forces in Iraq in response to the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a USA drone strike in Baghdad on January 3.
Iranian officials have previously said the black boxes were damaged but are usable.
His comments, reported Sunday, came one day after he told the semi-official Tasnim agency that it wasn't possible to process the information from the boxes in Iran.
Most of those on the plane were Iranians or Canadians.
European governments say they want to save the deal but have also suggested it may be time for a broader pact, in line with Trump's call for a deal that would go beyond Iran's nuclear work and include its missile programme and activities in the region.
The Iranian aviation organisation said it had asked United States and French aviation authorities to provide the equipment needed to decode the data recorders on the Boeing 737 because it did not have the necessary technology.