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Russia Has No Info on Egypt Aviation Security Fulfillment

© AP Photo / Amr NabilThe Egyptair logo is seen at the arrivals section of Cairo International Airport, Egypt, Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Egyptair logo is seen at the arrivals section of Cairo International Airport, Egypt, Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Moscow has not yet been informed about the implementation of Russian recommendations on aviation security in Egypt, Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said Thursday.

EgyptAir Airbus A320 (File) - Sputnik International
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BAKU (Sputnik) – Moscow has not received information from Cairo about finishing the implementation of Russian recommendations on aviation security in Egypt, Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said Thursday.

"In late April, we handed to Egypt our notes based on the results of another phase of work of our expert group. We have constructive dialogue. There was no invitation of the Egyptian colleagues for another phase of checks. Russia has not received information from the Egyptian party about finishing implementation of the recommendations on aviation security," Sokolov told RIA Novosti.

On October 31, 2015, a Russia-operated Airbus A321, en route from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed as a result of an explosion on board killing 224 people. The Islamic State, outlawed in Russia, claimed responsibility for the attack. After the incident Russia suspended flights to Egypt.

Since then Egypt has faced a number of other civil aviation incidents.

A passenger walks to a shuttle bus to board a plane at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, south Sinai, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 - Sputnik International
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In March, 59-year-old Seif Eldin Mustafa, allegedly motivated by personal reasons, hijacked an EgyptAir plane with over 80 people on board en route from Egypt’s Alexandria to Cairo. The plane subsequently landed in Cyprus' Larnaca airport. None of the passengers or crew members sustained injuries during the incident.

On May 19, the EgyptAir Airbus A320 disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean Sea, 10 miles into Egyptian airspace. The plane was heading to Cairo from Paris, carrying 66 people on board. The version that a terrorist attack could be a cause for the crash has not been excluded yet.

On Wednesday, the Airbus A330-220 aircraft, traveling from Cairo to Beijing, landed at Uzbek Urgench International Airport upon the Cairo security authorities' request because of a bombing threat. The jet continued its flight after security checks.

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