Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Canadian Prime Minister Blames US Escalation in Region for Ukrainian Plane Crash

Canadian Prime Minister Blames US Escalation in Region for Ukrainian Plane Crash

"We will meet in person in London to discuss the ways, including legal, (for) how we are following this up", Vadym Prystaiko said on Monday.

The aircraft was shot down hours after Iran launched missiles against two military bases in Iraq where US forces, and also some Canadians, are stationed.

At the same time, the president acknowledged the accidental and collective nature of the incident, saying it was "an unforgivable person can not be exclusively responsible for the plane crash".

"Extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested", said judiciary's spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaili.

Some 30 people have been arrested in Iran, the judiciary said Tuesday after protests over authorities' handling of the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner last week.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called for a special court to be set up to investigate the incident, which he called "a painful and unforgivable" mistake. "The whole world will watch this trial".

Rouhani called the incident an "unforgiveable error".

Iran has said its military mistook the plane for an American cruise missile.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport minutes after take-off on 8 January.

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The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians - including many Iranians with dual citizenship - and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials.

"People know that the incident has occurred unintentionally, but it should be clear what conditions led to the incident", the president added. He said when he learned about the downing of the plane, "I wished I was dead".

Iran shot down the plane on Wednesday when its military was on high alert, hours after firing missiles at US targets in Iraq.

Hundreds of angry protesters, majority student, have taken to the streets in the wake of the tragedy, chanting slogans against the Islamic republic. Confrontation eventually led to the US drone strike on January 3 that killed General Qassem Soleimani, architect of Iran's regional network of proxy militias.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued a series of tweets Tuesday calling on the Liberals to label Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist entity, demand Iran compensate victims, repatriate remains, and impose sanctions if Iran didn't fully co-operate in the global crash investigation.

Iran's military had been on high alert following increased tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Relations between the two countries broke off in 2012 when Canada's then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper expelled Iranian diplomats from the country and shuttered the Canadian embassy in Tehran.

According to CBS News, the Iranian president said, "It was the us that caused such an incident to take place".

Amid a heavy security presence in Tehran, protests broke out on several university campuses on Tuesday, as they have daily since the government admitted that the plane had been shot down.

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