British Prime Minister David Cameron, in an interview with British news agencies, said on Thursday that the crash of Russian plane it was “more likely than not” caused by a bomb on board, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Reuters.
Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands have suspended flights to and from Sharm al-Sheikh, leaving thousands of European tourists stranded in the Red Sea resort.
Egypt, which depends on tourism as a crucial source of revenue, said the decision to suspend flights was unjustified and should be reversed at once. It said there was no evidence a bomb was to blame.
While Egypt has bristled at the suspensions of flights, Sisi said during his visit to London that he understood countries’ concerns about safety. He said Cairo had been asked 10 months ago to check security at the airport in Sharm al-Sheikh.
“We understood their concern because they are really interested in the safety and security of their nationals,” he added.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Putin, said Russian planes were still flying to and from Sharm al‐Sheikh.
After the crash, the militants of an Egyptian group affiliated with Islamic State claimed that they downed a Russian flight “in response to Russian air strikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land”. If confirmed, it would be the first attack on civil aviation by the world’s most violent jihadist organization.
Moscow, which launched air strikes against Islamist fighters including Islamic State in Syria more than a month ago, says it is premature to reach conclusions that the flight was attacked.
In a telephone call, Putin told Cameron it was important that assessments of the cause of the crash be based on information from the official investigation, Interfax news agency reported.
Cameron, who hosted Egypt’s President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi on Thursday for a previously scheduled visit, said: “We cannot be certain that the Russian airliner was brought down by a terrorist bomb, but it looks increasingly likely that that was the case.”