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Egypt still in search for clear version of A321 crash - foreign minister

November 07, 2015, 16:05 UTC+3 CAIRO
Flight 9268 carried 217 passengers and seven crewmembers and they were all officially announced dead following the tragic accident
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CAIRO, November 7. /TASS/. Egypt still does not have the only version of the reasons, which caused the crash of Russia’s A321 above Sinai, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said during a joint conference with Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto on Saturday.

"At this stage of the investigation into the crash, none of the suggestions is apparent," he said adding Egypt still had not received information, on the basis of which certain countries have limited flights to Egypt.

"The published data related to the accident with the Russian plane, about which we hear, has not been presented in detail to the Egyptian security services," the minister said, adding "we expected we shall be given all technical information on the issue."

"Foreign intelligence services have not cooperated with Egypt in investigating into the reasons of the crash," he said adding Cairo "understands the concerns of several countries" after the crash of A321.

On Friday, November 6, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin supported recommendations of the national anti-terror committee to suspend flights to Egypt. The presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained the flights will be suspended not to end of investigation into crash of Kagalymavia’s plane, but until necessary security is provided. Putin ordered organisation of support to Russian nationals’ return home from Egypt.

From 10p.m. Moscow time on Friday, all regular, transit and chartered flights from Russia to Egypt, carrying passengers, were suspended.

The Russian tourism authority, Rostourism, reports in Egypt, mostly in Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, are staying about 79,000 Russian citizens.

Russian Kogalymavia’s A321 plane, en-route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in the early morning of October 31 just some 20 minutes after its takeoff. The disaster site is 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of the administrative centre of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish.

Flight 9268 carried 217 passengers and seven crewmembers and they were all officially announced dead following the tragic accident. Most passengers were Russian nationals. Among the passengers onboard were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian national.

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