US-Iran tensions Highlights: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Friday that Iran was cooperating with an investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane, and that Kiev was not ruling out any version yet of what might have happened. Ukraine did not want to come to conclusions yet about what caused the crash, said Prystaiko.
However, the country’s state security chief, Ivan Bakanov, said he was prioritising two versions of what might have caused the crash – a missile or terrorism.
Earlier, Iran invited the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to be a part of its investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian jetliner which the US agency has acepted, an Iranian official said on Thursday. “The NTSB has replied to our chief investigator and has announced an accredited representative,” Farhad Parvaresh, Iran’s representative at the International Civil Aviation Organisation, part of the United Nations, told Reuters.
This comes hours after US President Donald Trump expressed his suspicion that the deadly crash of a Ukrainian plane could have been a mistake, but offered no evidence. He had added that he had a terrible feeling about the downed airliner. “Somebody could have made a mistake… I have my suspicions,” Trump said, adding, “It was flying in a pretty rough neighbourhood and somebody could have made a mistake.”
After a video appeared showing an Iranian missile hitting a plane near Tehran’s airport, the area where a Ukrainian jetliner crashed on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, Canadian, British and Australian officals too echoed the same concern and said it is “highly likely” that Iran shot down the civilian plane. They said the missile strike could well have been a mistake amid rocket launches and high tension throughout the region.