MOSCOW, November 6. The Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with the recommendations of the National antiterrorist Committee (NAC) to suspend flights to Egypt to ascertain the causes of the crash of the Airbus A321, said the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
According to him, the Director of FSB Alexander Bortnikov at the meeting of the NAC reported to the President those recommendations. “The head of state agreed with these recommendations,” said Sands.
“Putin instructed the government to work out mechanisms for the implementation of those recommendations of the NAC and ensure the repatriation of Russian citizens”, – he said. According to him, “the President also instructed to establish cooperation with the Egyptian side to ensure air traffic safety”.
Press Secretary of the head of state said that Vladimir Putin has disposed to suspend flights to Egypt until the end of the investigation “Kogalymavia”, until then, until will not be provided the proper level of security. “Here it is necessary to specify: the President was referring to the suspension of air links with Egypt until, as will be able to establish the proper level of security of flights”, – said Dmitry Peskov. The decision of the President of Russia to suspend flights to Egypt does not mean that the basic version of the catastrophe “Kogalymavia” – a terrorist attack, also said the President’s press Secretary.
The suspension of air links with Egypt. Chronicle of events
The Director of FSB Alexander Bortnikov has previously stated that he considered it necessary to suspend the flights of Russian aviation in Egypt before the establishment of the true reasons of the tragedy with A321. “Until then, until we determine the true causes of the incident, I consider it expedient to suspend the flights of Russian aviation in Egypt. This is especially the travel channel,” – said Bortnikov.
The national anti-terrorist Committee in connection with the crash of the airliner A321 in Egypt will develop additional security measures for air traffic, said the Director of FSB of the Russian Federation.
Specstab for the export of Russian tourists
Rosturizm creates a special headquarters for the organization of export of the Russian tourists from Egypt, said the head of the Federal tourism Agency Oleg Safonov. “The President of Russia Vladimir Putin supported the proposal to suspend air links with Egypt. This recommendation was made by the head of the Federal security service. To implement this proposal in the Federal tourism Agency, a special headquarters for the organization of export of the Russian tourists currently in Egypt,” said Safonov.
According to the head of Federal Agency for tourism, on vacation in Egypt at the present time there are about 45 thousand Russians. “Near the city of Sharm El-Sheikh, according to our data, about 40% of our tourists, in the area of Hurghada about 60%. In aggregate, according to preliminary data, which will be clarified in the near future, about 45 thousand people. This figure we will clarify together with tour operators and travel agencies. This work we start right now,” said the head of Department.
The crash of an A321
The A321 aircraft to the Russian airline “Kogalymavia” carrying out flight Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed on 31 October over Northern Sinai. In total the plane was 217 passengers and seven crew members, none survived. The investigation into the accident is ongoing, it is still possible, no version.
In recent days, three countries – Ireland, UK and the Netherlands – announced the suspension of flights of its airlines in Sharm El-Sheikh, explaining this step suspicions that the cause of the crash A321 was the detonation of an explosive device. There is no official confirmation of this information is not available. In addition, 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.
The investigation of the crash of the Russian plane in Egypt. Chronicle of events