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Last Updated: Monday, 14 June, 2004, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Russia agrees airliner payout
Wreckage of the Russian airliner being recovered
The Russian airliner was flying to Novosibirsk when it was hit
President Vladimir Putin of Russia has approved a Ukrainian compensation offer over the accidental downing of an airliner en route from Israel in 2001.

Ukraine is to pay the family of each of the 38 Russian citizens killed the sum of $200,000 - the same amount agreed over the 40 Israelis killed.

The Siberian Airlines Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea after being hit by a missile fired during exercises.

Most of the victims were Russian Jews who had recently immigrated to Israel.

Ukraine signed its deal with Israel in November last year and the delay in talks over compensation for the other victims gave rise to concern in Russia that a much smaller package would be offered.

President Putin signed the settlement into law on Monday after it was ratified by the Russian parliament in May.


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