Russia and Egypt agree to improve airline security

Kremlin says Egypt’s Sisi and Russia’s Putin have agreed to take action on airline security and discussed their activity against 'terrorism'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during their meeting in Moscow, August 26, 2015

The Kremlin stated on Monday that Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have spoken and agreed to tighten airline security as a step towards resuming flights.

Last week Russia announced supention of all direct flights from Egypt to Russia until 2016 after Russia confirmed that the passenger plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai on October 31 and killed 224 Russian people on board was downed by a "terrorist attack," for which DAESH has claimed responsibility.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that terrorists had placed a bomb on the plane a day after Reuters cited an unnamed source of the Daily Kommersant saying that the bomb was placed in the aircraft’s main cabin.

"According to a preliminary version, the bomb could have been laid under the passenger seat by the window. Its operation led to the destruction of the frame and depressurization of the cabin, which had an explosive character," the newspaper wrote.

According to the statement by the Kremlin, Putin spoke to Sisi about his country's air campaign in Syria which Russia claims is targeting ISIS positions.

On Wednesday the Egyptian president said Egypt’s Sisi and Russia’s Putin had a phone talk and discussed international cooperation in ongoing campaigns “against terrorism” in the middle east.



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