CAIRO: Russia’s Vladimir Putin has approved the suspension of all flights to Egypt as long as the investigation on the recent Sinai plane crash is ongoing, according to Russian media.
Putin agreed to the recommendation by the Federal Security Service, Russian news agency Sputnik reported Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov as saying Friday.
The Russian president also ordered cooperation with Egypt on flight safety, Peskov said, adding that the step does not mean the plane was downed by terrorists.
The U.K., Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands have suspended flights to and from Sharm al-Sheikh; the U.K. decided to fly its tourists back home from the Red Sea resort, but Egypt denied most of easyjet airline’s planes flight into Egypt on grounds of Sharm el-Sheikh’s airport capacity, according to Reuters.
Some 45,000 Russian tourists are currently in Egypt; 40 percent in Sharm el-Sheikh and 60 percent in Hurghada, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Oleg Safonov told Tass news agency.