Iran regards dual citizens aboard a Ukrainian plane that was shot down this month as Iranian nationals, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi said on January 20.
Air-defense forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752 shortly after takeoff on January 8, killing all 176 people on board. Iran has said the downing was an accident.
Canada had 57 nationals on board the plane -- many of them with dual Canadian-Iranian citizenship. Iran does not recognize dual nationality.
"We have informed Canada that Tehran considers dual nationals who were killed in the plane crash as Iranian citizens.... Iran is mourning their deaths," Musavi told a televised weekly news conference.
As protests erupted in Iran over the plane disaster, the British envoy to Tehran, Rob Macaire, was detained for three hours on January 11. Iranian officials said Macaire was at an "illegal" rally, while the envoy said he was attending a vigil for victims. Britain condemned the ambassador's detention.
"Iran respects all foreign diplomats in Iran as long as they do not violate international laws," Musavi said.
Iran Considers Dual Nationals On Downed Ukrainian Airliner To Be Iranians
Satellite Images Of Russian Base In Occupied Crimea Before And After Massive Explosions2
The Dead Of The 64th: A Notorious Russian Army Unit And Its High Casualty Rate3
Explosions Hit Military Airport In Ukraine's Russia-Annexed Crimea, Killing One Person4
Explosions Rock Military Airport In Belarus Days After Crimea Air Base Attack5
Made In Ukraine: Anti-Tank Missiles Take On Russian Armored Units6
Sabotage, Assassinations, Propaganda: Simmering Guerrilla War Rattles Ukraine's Russian Occupiers7
Satellite Images Show Massive Destruction At Russian Air Base On Crimea8
Ukraine Unleashes A 'Hurricane' Of Rockets Against Russian Forces9
Recapturing Crimea In Focus After Blasts As Russian Forces Attempt Frontline Advances10
EU Ban On Russian Coal Set To Go Into Effect Overnight