Tuesday 19 September 2017

Russia says the ban on flights to Egypt 'will last months'

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with defense officials in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with defense officials in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A Russian ban on all flights to Egypt in the wake of a plane crash will last for at least several months, President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff has said.

Sergei Ivanov said that it would be impossible to radically revise the nation's security system in a short time, according to Russian news reports.

Mr Putin suspended all flights to Egypt on Friday amid security concerns after the crash of a Russian airliner on October 31 that killed all 224 people on board.

US and British officials have cited intelligence reports indicating that the plane flying out of Sharm el-Sheikh was brought down by a bomb on board.

Mr Ivanov said Egypt needs to revise its security regime not only in Sharm el-Sheikh, but also at other airports.

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