MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, the Russian airliner, carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed in the Sinai Peninsula en route from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. All people on board, including 25 children, were confirmed dead by Russian and Egyptian authorities.
"I am sure that, in a matter of days, we will complete, together with the Egyptian counterparts, all necessary measures to find the bodies and will provide the necessary…. assistance and support to every family," Puchkov was quoted by the Rossiya-24 broadcaster as saying.
On Sunday, Egyptian authorities conformed that at least 129 bodies had been recovered. Search operations were briefly suspended. Egypt has been assisting Russia in the operations and sent aviation to the crash site just following the tragedy.