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    The Kremlin will not comment on media reports citing unnamed sources, including those on Washington's alleged offer to help Russia investigate the A321 disaster in Egypt.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Kremlin will not comment on media reports citing unnamed sources, including those on Washington's alleged offer to help Russia investigate the A321 disaster in Egypt, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

    On Monday, FBI public affairs officer Joshua Campbell told Sputnik that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered assistance to Egypt and Russia in the investigation of the A321 commercial jet crash in the Sinai Peninsula.

    "We have stated repeatedly in regard to this story, this aircraft tragedy, that any comments or reactions to reports citing sources are impossible. We will not do it this time either," Peskov told journalists.

    The Airbus А321, operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia, en route from the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. The October 31 tragedy is the largest civil aviation disaster in Russian history.

    Last week, British media reported that UK and US intelligence agencies had intercepted data, including digital communications between IS jihadists, that indicate the plane could have been downed by a bomb smuggled on board.

    The Egypt-led international investigation into the A321 crash, which does not involve UK or US support, has said that the inquiry needs additional international assistance to determine the cause of the crash.

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