Russia suspends flights to Egypt as investigation continues

08 November 2015

Russia has suspended all flights to Egypt despite saying it is still too early to confirm the crash was caused by a bomb on board

  • Russia suspends flights to Egypt
  • Egypt critical of US and UK reactions

Russia has announced that it was suspending flights to Egypt as whole following a plane crash that killed 224 on 31 October.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich also said on 7 November that 10 flights carrying returning Russians had already left Egypt.

The US and UK have both said that intelligence gathered suggests the cause of the crash was a bomb on board the Metrojet operated flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg.

Isis-affiliated militants have taken responsibility for the crash through a tweet on the 31 October saying the attack was targeting Russian citizens.

Egyptian and Russian investigators are currently analysing data from the flight data recorder to try and ascertain the cause of the crash. Cairo has ruled out claims by militants linked to the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) that they brought down the plane. Russian investigators have said it is too early to say what caused the crash.

Egypt has also criticised the US and UK for their reactions with claims that intelligence has not been shared.

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said:  “We expected that the information provided on a technical level would be provided to us on a technical level, instead of it being released to the media in this public manner.”

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