Russia wants to monitor security procedures in Egypt's airports: SPUTNIK

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Mar 2016

Moscow has requested that Egypt agree to permanent presence of Russian security experts at its airports to ensure safety before resumption of flights between the two countries

A file photo for Cairo international airport (Photo: Ahram Online)

Russian minister of transportation Maksim Sokolov announced his country's request that Russian experts be permanently employed at Egypt's airports to monitor security procedures following any return of flights between Egypt and Russia, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.

Sokolov revealed to TV channel Russia-24 on Monday that there are preparations for talks with Egypt's aviation authorities about this request.

He added that Russian officials are awaiting approval of their demands by their Egyptian counterparts.

The prospective deployment of Russian experts at Egyptian airports would follow a decision by "Russia's political leadership" to resume flights between the two countries, according to Sputnik.

Following the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt's central Sinai on 31 October, which killed all 224 on board, Russia suspended flights to Egypt due to concerns about the country's airport security. 

Last week, Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced that the two countries would make joint efforts to resume direct flights between Russia and Egypt as soon as possible.

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