January 10, 2020 / 11:34 AM / 14 days ago

Ukraine president received data from U.S. on Iran plane crash

FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a ceremony to welcome Ukrainian citizens, who were exchanged during a prisoners of war (POWs) swap with the separatist self-proclaimed republics, at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kiev, Ukraine December 29, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - The United States has given Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy important data ahead of a call later on Friday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the crash of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran, Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Twitter.

Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko met U.S. representatives to receive the data, which will be processed by experts, Prystaiko said, without elaborating on the nature of the data or what it signified.

Zelenskiy said earlier the possibility that a missile downed the airliner, killing all on board, had not been ruled out but it had not been confirmed yet.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams

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