President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia for his support and condolences over the recent crash of a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800, which killed all 176 people on board in Iran.
Ukraine and Georgia have always been side-by-side in the difficult moments of history. Grateful to @GakhariaGiorgi for the support and condolences.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) January 10, 2020
PM Gakharia sent his sincere condolences to the families of those killed in the crash on January 8.
My heartfelt condolences to the families of tragically deceased aboard of the Ukrainian Airliner in Tehran.
— Giorgi Gakharia (@GakhariaGiorgi) January 8, 2020
President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili has also sent a letter of condolence to her Ukrainian counterpart, expressing deep regret over the tragedy.
Today we are mourning those deceased during the plane crash together. I and the Georgian people fully share in this pain”, she wrote in her letter.
People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport. Photo: Rouhollah Vandati/AFP/ISNA
Meanwhile, local media reported that Iran unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian plane that crashed near Tehran.
President of Iran Hassan Rouhani called the tragic accident “disastrous mistake”.
The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.
My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences. t.co/4dkePxupzm
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 11, 2020
Ukraine, therefore, insists on a full admission of guilt.
We expect Iran to bring those responsible to justice, return the bodies, pay compensation and issue an official apology”, President Zelensky tweeted.
He stated as well that Ukraine is expecting an open investigation without delays or obstacles.