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Egypt pledges to fulfill Russian requirements on air security by July — transport ministry

May 25, 13:44 UTC+3
At the beginning of the year, the Egyptian side said that they need two quarters to provide airports with additional equipment, Russian Deputy Transport Minister says
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NOVOSIBIRSK, May 25. /TASS/. Egyptian airports have pledged to fulfill Russia's requirements on aviation security by the end of the first half of 2016, Russian Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov told reporters on Wednesday.

"At the beginning of the year, the Egyptian side said that they will need two quarters to provide airports with additional equipment. So, we are talking about the end of the second quarter (of 2016)," Okulov said at the international forum "Transport of Siberia - 2016" in Novosibirsk.

The minister added, Russia will not jump to conclusions on resuming air service with Egypt after the crash of EgyptAir Flight MS804 on May 19.

"Is it irrelevant to talk about this now because there is no concrete facts. Any theories can be put forward now, it would be wrong. We should understand the results," Okulov said.

He noted that Russian specialists have put forward several requirements for security at Egyptian airports and now control their fulfillment. "This concerns introducing requirements on ensuring aviation security at flights that go through the Russian Federation, as well as providing service to passengers, planes, cargoes and mail sent to the Russian Federation," the deputy minister added.

Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Tuesday that Russian Transport Ministry has not yet received any response to Russia’s complaints about security at Egyptian airports. He earlier said that Russian aviation authorities are in constant contact with Egyptian colleagues, and "the dialogue is constructive." The last inspection was carried out at Egyptian airports in the second half of April, Egyptian colleagues have received recommendations of Russian specialists and are working on analyzing them.

On May 19, the EgyptAir A320 aircraft en route from Paris to Egypt vanished 10 miles into Egyptian airspace while flying at around 11,000 meters. 

Russia suspended air service with Egypt after a Russian passenger plane crashed over Sinai last October. The A321 plane belonging to Russia’s air company Kogalymavia was en route from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg in Russia when it crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early on October 31 last year.

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