January 16, 2020 / 7:23 PM / 3 months ago

Ukrainian foreign minister tells Iran demands over plane crash investigation unchanged

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko speaks to Reuters on the sidelines of an official visit to Singapore, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Aradhana Aravindan

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Thursday that he had discussed with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif the repatriation of the bodies of Ukrainian victims of an airliner downed near Tehran last week.

“We discussed repatriation of the bodies of the Ukrainian victims and also Ukraine’s role in the joint investigation, in particular - access to the ‘black boxes’. Our demands remain unchanged,” Prystaiko wrote on Twitter.

The Ukrainian airliner was struck by a missile on Jan. 8 shortly after it left Tehran en route to Kiev. Iran admitted on Saturday it had shot down a Ukraine International Airlines plane in error.

Reporting by Matthias Williams; writing by Polina Ivanova and Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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