Putin agreed on the proposal to suspend flights to Egypt


After the meeting of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC), FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov reported to President Vladimir Putin his recommendations to suspend air traffic with Egypt until the causes of the crash of the Airbus A321 are clear, said the press secretary of the president Dmitry Peskov.

“The President agreed on the recommendations. Putin instructed the government to work out mechanisms for the implementation of these recommendations to ensure returning of Russian citizens to the homeland,” – said Peskov.

As the head of the FSB said earlier, Russia needs an absolutely objective and verified data on the causes of the A321 crash in Sinai.

“Before we find the truth about what happened I think it appropriate to suspend all the flights of Russian aircrafts to Egypt. First of all we’re talking about tourist routes,” – said Bortnikov.

An airplane A321 of “Kogalymavia” airlines that was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed October 31st in the Sinai Peninsula. All of 224 people aboard were killed.

The investigation on the causes of the crash continues, however, the United Kingdom and the United States authorities say that a bomb could have exploded onboard. United Kingdom, as well as several other countries, temporarily suspended flights to Egypt.

Source: Interfax


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