Sands: Cameron’s conversation with Putin did not name the reasons of rejection of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh


MOSCOW, November 5. The Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin did not give specific reasons why the UK airlines will not fly to Egyptian Sharm El-Sheikh.

Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov told journalists that Cameron, “sorry, no”, not yet called the reasons for refusal from flight.

A Kremlin spokesman refused to speak for the British side and explain why such decision was made. “But specific data was not made public”, – he stressed.

Answering the question was discussed whether the leaders of other safety issues, Peskov stressed that “various aspects were raised, certainly, but more details I can’t provide”.

A Kremlin spokesman also gave a negative answer to the question, is it planned in the next time, other calls to leaders of other countries on the topic of the crash of an airliner.

As reported earlier, the press service of the Kremlin, on Thursday at the initiative of the British side had a telephone conversation with Russian President and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. “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”.

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.

“On an ongoing basis”

Peskov also said that the aviation authorities of Russia and Egypt after the crash are in contact on a regular basis.

“Contacts between the Egyptian aviation authorities and Russian aviation authorities, as you know, are now conducted on a regular basis,” said Sands.

He stressed that even before the crash on mount Sinai “came from the fact that safety ensured at the appropriate level”.

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