Iran ended cooperation with Ukraine in its investigation of the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane “PS 752” with missiles, on January 8.
This comes after a leaked Ukrainian television broadcast between an Iranian pilot and the Air Traffic Control Room showing that it was recorded at that time.
The pilot claims to have seen a flash in the sky, similar to rocket fire, and then an explosion.
Iran initially denied responsibility for the downing of the plane, which killed 176 people.
At the time, Iran was on high alert, as it launched ballistic missiles at two US bases in Iraq, in response to the killing of the military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone strike in Baghdad.
“We will not provide the Ukrainians with any documents anymore,” Hassan Rudyfar, head of the Iranian investigation team, told Iranian news agency Mehr.
The Ukrainian President, Vladimir Zelinsky, said that the new evidence proved that Iran knew, from the very first moments, that the Ukrainian International Airlines plane fell with a missile.
After the incident, Iran agreed to cooperate in the investigation of “foreign experts”.
The BBC’s Ukraine correspondent said, “There is a clear tension over the conduct of the investigation.”
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