MOSCOW, November 5. On the initiative of the British side telephone conversation of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron, the press service of the Kremlin.
“The leaders exchanged views on the situation around the crash of the Russian plane over the Sinai Peninsula. Vladimir Putin stressed that in the assessment of the causes of the incident it is necessary to use data that will become clear during the ongoing official investigation, noted in the Kremlin. – Also discussed the issues of joint struggle against international terrorism”.
Earlier, British Prime Minister said that in the near future will call the President of the Russian Federation, to discuss the situation with safety in Sharm El-Sheikh and to explain why London has banned all flights of its airlines at the Egyptian resort. “We discussed (the situation) with their European counterparts, with the Americans. I’ll call to President Putin in the near future, to discuss it with him also,” said Cameron.
Answering the question of why British airlines banned flights to Sharm El-Sheikh and in the opposite direction at the time, Russian carriers continue to ply their trade, Cameron noted that the government took this decision on the basis of intelligence data and expert opinion. “All this I will discuss with Putin and explain why we have taken such action. And then, what actions to take in relation to the Russian tourists – to solve it,” said British Prime Minister.
“My goal is to take all necessary steps to protect the interests of British citizens,” said Cameron, promised to do “everything possible to bring home” stuck in the Egyptian resort of British people. He promised that it would happen “as soon as possible”.
In recent days, three countries – Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands – announced the suspension of flights of its airlines in Sharm El-Sheikh.
In particular, London has explained this step “a serious suspicion” that the cause of the crash of the Russian plane was the detonation of an explosive device. On Wednesday CNN reported that U.S. intelligence agencies also believe the probable cause of the crash was a bomb on Board. The journalists of the TV company make it clear that it cannot be considered official and final conclusion of U.S. intelligence.
Meanwhile, the Russian Center of forensic medical examination previously stated that experts from Russia and Egypt during the preliminary inspection of the bodies of passengers did not reveal a trace of mine-explosive effect. And Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in an interview with the British The Daily Telegraph, which was published on 4 November, has criticized the version of a possible terrorist attack, saying such reports are “premature and not based on any true facts.”
In turn, the Russian source in the technical Commission investigating the crash, said that appearing in the media information leaks from supposedly close to the investigation sources have a negative impact on the investigation.
Disaster in Egypt
The A321 aircraft to the Russian airline “Kogalymavia” carrying out flight Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed on 31 October after about half an hour after departure. The wreckage was found about 100 km to the 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, none of them survived.
The investigation of the crash of the Russian plane in Egypt. Chronicle of events