According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, escalating tensions between the United States and Iran set the stage for the deaths of 57 Canadians aboard a Ukraine International Airlines flight.
After President Trump ordered a deadly U.S. drone strike that targeted the Iranian terrorist General Qassem Soleiman at the Bagdad International Airport, Iran responded by launching over a dozen missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq where there were no injuries or deaths reported.
Afterwards, a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed in Iran where Iranian officials originally denied any responsibility for the disaster.
Eventually, the Iranian government claimed responsibility as evidence showed that the civilian airliner was shot down by mistake.
Trudeau seemed to put President Trump at fault for the escalating tensions rather than terrorist attacks by Iran.
From The New York Post:
“I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau told Global News television.
All 176 people – including 57 Canadians — aboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 were killed when the Revolutionary Guard mistakenly fired a missile at the Boeing 737 just after takeoff from Tehran.
“This is something that happens when you have conflict and war.
Innocents bear the brunt of it and it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on de-escalation, moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn’t involve further conflict and killing,” Trudeau continued, appearing to reference Trump’s order of a drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 2.
His remarks come ahead of a meeting being hosted by Canada on Thursday in London in which members of the International Coordination and Response Group plan to look at ways to demand justice.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said Monday that Iranian officials have invited it to participate in analysis of the voice and flight data recorders.
“I think full admission, acknowledgment of responsibility and some form of compensation is going to have to come,” said Trudeau, who has faced questions about whether he believes Trump bears some responsibility for disaster.