The Duma Council decided it was premature invitation of the head of the FSB in connection with the plane crash in Egypt


MOSCOW, 9 November. The Duma Council decided it was premature invitation of the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov in connection with the plane crash in Egypt. About it has informed journalists the Vice-speaker from the LDPR Igor Lebedev.

“Decided to await the conclusions of the Commission (for the investigation), and then to invite”, he said.

The initiative of inviting Bortnikov made the LDPR faction. As reported earlier, Lebedev, deputies insisted on the closed “Government hour” with participation of the head of the FSB in connection with the crash of Russian airplane in Egypt, which killed 224 people.

“The events of the past nine days, more and more suggest that just because the planes are not falling, while the closure of Egypt for the rest of our tourists and our citizens only reinforce the concerns,” – said Vice-speaker.

Lebedev also “worried about the fate of more than 70 thousand citizens who remained in Egypt”, in particular, “how will they return to Russia and what will be their fate today.” “I would like to hear the opinion of the Director of FSB on the causes of the crash and about the measures in this regard are taken,” said Lebedev.

The consequences of the 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 survived. Most of the dead were Russians. On Board were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian.

On November 6, President Vladimir Putin announced that he had accepted the recommendations of the National anti-terrorism Committee to suspend air traffic with Egypt. As explained by the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, this measure is entered not until the end of investigation of accident of the plane “Kogalymavia” in Egypt, until then, until will not be provided the proper level of security. Putin instructed to provide assistance to Russian citizens in return from Egypt.

According to the Vice President of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Dmitry Gorin, on 6 November at Egyptian resorts was 79 thousand tourists “over the weekend were transported about 15 thousand people”. “I think today the figure will be more as this without taking into account night flights yesterday,” he said.