Russia's Egypt airport inspections constructive, at least 1 more expected: Russian Minister

Sputnik News, Friday 30 Sep 2016

Sharm El-Sheikh airport
File Photo: British passengers queue to leave Sharm El-Sheikh Airport, Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

Russia's airport safety inspections in Egypt proved to be constructive, with at least one additional review on the agenda, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Friday.

"We held constructive talks with the minister, the team of involved agencies responsible for aviation and transportation security, i.e. anti-terrorist safety facilities. Out large delegation inspected all three Egyptian airports and appreciated their readiness and compliance with international requirements as of the end of September," Soklov told reporters.

"Our team of experts will once again fly to Egypt for a final inspection to assess the state of readiness of each of the three airports. There will certainly be least one more visit," he stressed.

The minister noted Egypt's significant advances toward airport safety levels in resort cities since the deadly terrorist attack last fall, but said it was too early to restore air traffic between the countries.

"We expect to be invited in the near future to conduct a final inspection in each of the three Egyptian airports," Sokolov later said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 broadcaster.

Russia grounded flights to and from Egypt after an Airbus A321 plane flying to St. Petersburg crashed soon after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh on October 31, 2015. All 224 people aboard died as a result of what was classified by Russian investigators as a terrorist attack.

Sokolov said Russia and Egypt could sign an intergovernmental aviation security agreement before the end of the year.

*This story has been edited by Ahram Online

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