Canada will study the version of the deliberate destruction of the Boeing of Ukraine International Airlines near Tehran. This is reported by the CBC, citing sources.
Canadian intelligence agencies are already analyzing an audio recording in which Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif allegedly discusses whether the destruction of the Ukrainian plane was deliberate. In particular, the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service and the National Police Directorate are analyzing the authenticity of the file.
According to the source, on the recording, Zarif discusses “a thousand possibilities” to explain the crash. One of them is to refer to an attack involving several “saboteurs. The Iranian minister also said that the Iranian authorities would never reveal the truth about the crash because it could threaten the country’s security.
The CBC notes that Ralph Goodale, special adviser to the Canadian prime minister on the crash investigation, confirmed that the authorities are aware of the recording, with a copy received back in November 2020. Goodale added that authorities would not comment publicly on the details of the investigation because it could endanger the life of the informant.
On January 8, 2020, a Boeing 737-800 flew from Tehran to Kyiv and was shot down immediately after takeoff. All 167 passengers and nine crew members died: citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, and other countries. Iran admitted that the plane was shot down by the military by mistake. The Iranian government refused to budget 200 million euros for compensation next year.