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AP , Ahram Online , Friday 13 Nov 2015
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Passengers board an Egyptair Express plane bound for Cairo at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, south Sinai, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 (AP)
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Russia's state aviation agency on Friday banned Egypt's national carrier from flying to Russia, a move that follows the suspension of all Russian flights to Egypt after a deadly crash.

Rosaviatsiya on Friday formally notified Moscow's Domodedovo airport, where EgyptAir flights arrive, that the ban is effective starting Saturday, said the airport spokesman Alexander Vlasov.

The aviation agency didn't give any immediate reason for the ban on flights. The move follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to suspend all Russian flights to Egypt after the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 people on board.

Moscow said the ban was necessary because of concerns about security at Egypt's airports.

U.S. and British officials have cited intelligence reports indicating that the plane was brought down by a bomb on board shortly after it took off from Egypt's Sharm al-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg.

But Russia and Egypt said the statements were premature as the official crash probe has not concluded.

The flight ban, however, suggests that Russia takes the prospect exceptionally seriously.

On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said the flight ban will last for at least several months, a severe blow to Egypt's struggling tourism industries that depend on Russian tourists for a large share of their revenue.

On Friday, Russia's national flag carrier, Aeroflot, said it will not fly to Egypt until March 27, 2016.

Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said Russian authorities have still not officially informed Egypt of their reasons to cancel EgyptAir flights to Moscow and that high-level calls are currently being conducted between the two countries to clarify the situation.

 
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Yasmina
14-11-2015 08:20am
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Attack in Paris
The international press has been busy condemning Egypt for many situations not within Egypt's control. Now with the terror attack in Paris will we see tourists rushed to their home countries? Will we see Air France banned from flying into Arab countries? I don't think so... But perhaps the French tragedy will cause the press to ease up their criticism of Egypt.
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Anonymous
13-11-2015 09:13pm
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Bad luck
The problem is that Egypt is right beside Israel and Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US is involved in a proxy war with Syria, Russia(Eastern European Nations), Asia and Iran. Israel is just too close to Egypt and they have lazer weapons so Russian and their Allies are vulnerable to Israeli Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Missile systems. There is no Solution to this problem and to actually solve it, it would be to start WW3. Its very sad but this is the truth.
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Arabesque
13-11-2015 09:10pm
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Wish i was invisible, to see what's cooking!
Weird! Russia is banning fights, while Saudi Arabia & others r increasing flights to Sharm? All simultaneously with the ongoing negotiations and battle between Superpowers over Syria. Why defame Egypt & pressure Russia? I hope neither Russia nor Egypt will abandon Syria that is now making progress on the ground. I hope neither accepts any deal behind the scenes at the expense of the Syrian people. One can trust many PEOPLE in the US/Russia/Europe/Arab countries ... ; it's just difficult to trust LEADERS.
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Pharaoh
13-11-2015 07:13pm
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Maybe they're tired of us raving about tourism instead of focusing on the tragedy of more than 200 russians dying.
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expat
13-11-2015 07:11pm
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Sam,no advantage visible????
well,if you have to go to or get back from egypt as a tourist,now the only soultion is egypt air... but at the same time,egyptians fly the same plane as it is feared,that IS in sinai is targeting russia,they dont care much about some "business men" or moderate "muslim infidels" getting cought in the act to hurt russian civilians so to minimise the risk,its natural to cut all chances this might be happening even with other countries,as long as egypt is not constantly bringing in real pros to supervise their airport security as a whole system
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Sam Enslow
13-11-2015 07:00pm
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Something is up.
Not a conspiracy or a move against Egypt, buy something is forcing Russia to take steps it doesn't want to take. Perhaps the intelligence services of both countries know. This move is against Russian strategies and desire to exert its influence in the Middle East. As an American, I am no fan of Mr. Putin, but there is no advantage visible to this action, and he seldom moves without reason.
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