MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff says that a Russian ban on all flights to Egypt in the wake of a Russian plane crash will last for at least several months.
Sergei Ivanov said on a visit to Finland Tuesday that it would be impossible to radically revise the nation’s security system in a short time, according to Russian news reports.
Putin suspended all flights to Egypt on Friday amid security concerns after the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian airliner that killed all 224 people onboard. U.S. and British officials have cited intelligence reports indicating that the plane flying out of Sharm el-Sheikh was brought down by a bomb on board.
The head of Cairo’s international airport, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Genina, says the officials from Russia, Holland, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are examining the scanning of passengers, cargo and baggage as they enter the airport and make their way to aircraft. Security guards and caterers are also being inspected.
This announcement could be seen as a propaganda coup for the IS militants and may well give cause for other national governments to make some difficult choices in the coming days and weeks.