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Kremlin confirms London gave Moscow certain data on A321 jet crash

November 09, 2015, 13:57 UTC+3 SOCHI

The Kremlin spokesman declined to provide details on what particular data were provided

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SOCHI, November 9. /TASS/. The UK has handed over to Moscow certain data on the Russian plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Naturally, we hope for cooperation with all countries, which may assist in the investigation of this tragedy," he said

"We can confirm that certain data has been handed over by the British side," Peskov noted. The Kremlin spokesman declined to provide details on what particular data he referred to, adding that so far he had no such information. For the same reason he did not answer the question whether these data had affected Russia’s decision to suspend flights to Egypt. According to Peskov, it was up to investigators to confirm a particular version.

Answering a question whether Russia sees any progress in the investigation of the Russian plane crash, he said "it was premature to talk about this, there have been no official statements yet about even some preliminary results from the investigators."

He refused to comment on the fact that the Egyptian investigators are considering a terrorist attack to be the major cause of the crash. "At the moment I can say nothing," Peskov said.

An A321 passenger jet of Russia’s Kogalymavia air carrier (flight 9268) bound to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31 some 30 minutes after the takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh.

It fell down 100 kilometers south of the administrative center of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish. The plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members. There were four Ukrainian and one Belarusian nationals among the passengers. None of them survived.

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