Kosachev: Russia does not see sufficient grounds to stop flights to Egypt


MOSCOW, November 5. The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev said that Russia immediately take a decision on the termination of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) only in case if there are sufficient grounds, not before.

“I’m sure Russia such decisions (the termination of the flight into Egypt) will also be taken immediately if there are sufficient grounds, not before,” – said today the Senator, commenting on Britain’s decision to stop flights to Sharm El-Sheikh. In his opinion, in this decision the UK has “an element of psychological pressure”. “Can’t say that he is the only one, but most of all, he is present,” added the Senator.

Kosachev believes that “there is a geopolitical resistance to Russia’s actions in Syria.” “I think it’s not blasphemous as it sounds, the world has enough of those who would prefer this catastrophe knowingly, in advance, without due cause be attributed to the response of the jihadists against Russia”, – said the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council.

He added that the current situation, including media reports, “radical conclusions so far do not allow”. “I believe that still most countries in the world more serious, more responsible attitude to such decisions and will adopt them only if this will have enough reason,” he concluded.

On Wednesday, the British foreign Ministry announced the cancellation in a few days all flights of the airlines from Sharm El Sheikh to the UK and in the opposite direction because of serious suspicions of the government of the Kingdom regarding what the cause of the crash of the Russian airliner in the Sinai Peninsula has become “an explosive device”. According to the head of the British foreign office Philip Hammond, London has evidence suggesting that the crash of the Russian passenger aircraft A321 could be caused by detonation of an explosive device.

The wreck of the Russian liner

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 of El-Arish, near the settlement of El Hasna. Onboard there were 217 passengers and seven crew members, they all died.