Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne (L) and Deputy Minister of Defence Jody Thomas (R) listens as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau C) speaks during a news conference January 11, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. – Iran said on January 11, it “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people aboard, in an abrupt about-turn after initially denying Western claims it was struck by a missile on January 8. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)Victims of an Iran-downed jetliner would still be alive if not for a recent escalation of tensions partly triggered by the United States, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.
“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 said in an interview with Global television, according to a transcript shared with other media.
He added that the international community has been “very, very clear about needing to have a non-nuclear Iran” but also in “managing the tensions in the region that are brought about by US actions as well.”