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Airbus A321 crash: Russia suspends flights to Egypt “until special order”

Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) was instructed by the Ministry of Transport to suspend flights to Egypt “until special order”
Russia suspends flights to Egypt “until special order”

Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) was instructed by the Ministry of Transport to suspend flights to Egypt until further notice, as a source familiar with the situation said to TASS agency, Joinfo.ua reports.

Earlier, the Western intelligence said that the plane crash was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an affiliate. Yesterday, the British Prime Minister David Cameron, in an interview with British news agencies, said that the crash of Russian plane it was “more likely than not” caused by a bomb on board.

“Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) received an instructed by the Ministry of Transport to suspend all the flights to Egypt “until special order”. “Until special order” means until the moment, when the airports of Egypt improve flight safety in accordance to the international standards”, – the source informed.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with the recommendations of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee to suspend air traffic with Egypt. As Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman of the President Vladimir Putin, explained that the flight will be suspended until the investigation determines the cause of Airbus A321 crash.

Vladimir Putin also instructed to provide assistance to Russian citizens for returning from Egypt.

Egypt is the most popular foreign destination for Russian tourists. According to the Federal Tourism Agency, for the first nine months of 2015 the country was visited by over 2 million Russians.

Currently, in Egypt, according to various estimates, it is from 45 to 70 thousand citizens of Russia.

It should be recalled that on October 31, the Airbus 321 of Kogalymavia took off 5:51 a.m. from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia, 23 minutes later the plane disappeared from the radar, and half an hour later it went down in the mountainous area of central Sinai, killing 217 passengers and 7 crew members.

Earlier the militants of an Egyptian group affiliated with Islamic State claimed that they downed a Russian flight.

Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands have already suspended flights to and from Sharm al-Sheikh.