The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko
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CAIRO, 4 March. /TASS/. Russia hopes that the case about the crash of the Russian plane over the Sinai will be investigated promptly, and those responsible will be punished. This was stated on Saturday by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko at the meeting with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail.
“We and you are interested in that as soon as possible to complete the investigation of the criminal case, which was filed in connection with the crash, to find the perpetrators and, of course, to punish them so that such crimes do not go unpunished,” she said.
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Matvienko recalled that the human toll of the disaster on mount Sinai was the largest tragedy in the history of Russian aviation. She urged the Egyptian side to be sensitive to the fact that the aeronautical authorities of Russia are very scrupulous implementation of the joint action plan for security in the Egyptian airports, which is a key condition for the resumption of flights.
In turn, Sherif Ismail assured that the Egyptian authorities will fulfill all the requirements for the safety of flights and passengers, not only because “they affect cooperation with Russia, but also because they are part of security systems of airports” Egypt itself.
Earlier, after talks with the President of the Egyptian Parliament, Ali Abdel Alem Matvienko said that the work plan on the safety in Egyptian airports is more than 90% left to finalize. According to her, Russia wants from Egypt complete these items, after which Russian experts will come to Egypt and give a final conclusion. Matviyenko did not rule out that the flights to Egypt may be restored “in the near future.”
The A321 aircraft “Kogalymavia” flying from the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015. On its Board there were 217 passengers and seven crew members, they all died. The FSB has described the incident as a terrorist attack. After that, Russia announced the suspension of air links with Egypt.