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Probe into Russian airliner crash enters final stage

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jul 2016
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File Photo: Russian emergency services personnel and Egyptian servicemen working at the crash site of a A321 Russian airliner in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula (Photo: AFP)
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Egypt’s prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek is set to travel to Moscow next week to brief Russian officials on the latest investigations into the deadly October crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai. 

According to an official statement by Egypt’s civil aviation ministry on Tuesday, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy stressed to Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov during a Monday meeting that the country’s top prosecutor will present an update of the criminal investigations conducted by the general prosecution over the crash that killed all 224 people on board.

On Sunday, the Egyptian minister travelled to Moscow for a three-day visit to discuss resuming direct flights between Egypt and Russia.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Russia suspended direct flights to and from all Egyptian airports over security concerns, classifying the plane crash as a terrorist attack.

The United Kingdom and Germany also suspended flights to Sharm El-Sheikh airport.

An affiliate of the Islamic State group in Sinai claimed responsibility for the attack, 

In earlier statements to media, the Russian transport minister said that air service will resume after Egypt fully ensures security at airports.

Egypt had said it has fulfilled 85 percent of Russia’s demands regarding aviation safety and was now expecting steps to be taken by the Russian side towards resuming flights.

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