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Kremlin: Russian ban on flights to Egypt will last months

Published 10/11/2015 | 15:51

Vladimir Putin suspended all flights to Egypt, including to the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, on Friday amid security concerns (AP)
Vladimir Putin suspended all flights to Egypt, including to the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, on Friday amid security concerns (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.

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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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