The Russian foreign Ministry: the U.S. has offered Russia’s assistance in connection with the crash of an airliner over Sinai


MOSCOW, November 3. The U.S. has offered Russia the necessary assistance after the disaster of the A321 over the Sinai. Reported about it in radio station interview “Echo Moscow” the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“We have received such proposals through official channels from different countries,’ she said. – And from Americans including”.

Zakharova added that the cooperation assistance from other countries is “the issue to our relevant departments, because such interaction should be carried out at the expert level”.

The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry thanked Egypt for their full cooperation to the work of Russian agencies on the scene. “We thank Egypt, the Egyptian leadership, the people who work with our experts, to our diplomats,” said Zakharova.

“We originally, in the first hours, had received assurances at all levels from the Egyptian side that Russia will be provided all possible assistance necessary to the investigation”, – the diplomat said, stressing that these statements are implemented in practice.

Before the end of the official investigation of the crash of an airliner over the Sinai to come up with some version of the tragedy it would be unwise, said Zakharova, commenting on recent media reports saying that it is forbidden in the Russian Federation terrorist group “Islamic state” has claimed responsibility for the deaths of the aircraft. “To talk about a particular version and confirm them or, on the contrary now is simply unreasonable,” said Zakharova.

“The accident occurred on the territory of another state, there is a different legislative framework. The information that is key to investigate, belongs to the Egyptian side,” she said, noting that cooperation in the investigation of the crash “is conducted at the highest level.”

Disaster in Egypt

The A321 aircraft to the Russian airline “Kogalymavia” carrying out flight 9268 Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed on 31 October after about half an hour after departure, 100 km South from the administrative centre of province Northern Sinai city of El Arish, near the settlement of El Hasna. In total the plane was 217 passengers and seven crew members. According to the authorities of Egypt, no survivors. Most of the passengers were Russians. On Board were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian.