Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
9th May, 2016
Russia has discovered another violation after the outcome of the April inspections of airports in Egypt after the related observations were sent to Cairo. This was stated to TASS on Monday, May 9th, by Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov.
“Experts of the aviation security service have arrived, checked, and given regular observations of our Egyptian colleagues. They need further correction,” said Sokolov. He found it difficult to give a timeframe for the resumption of flights between the two countries.
Earlier, on 22nd April, the Deputy Minister of Transport Nikolay Asaul said that the Russian Transport Ministry expects to restore air links with Egypt at the end of 2016.
On 14th April, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, during the Direct Line, called a vacation in Turkey and Egypt dangerous, and invited Russians to travel to other countries.
Direct flights to Egypt from Russia were suspended in November 2015, after the terrorist attack on 31st October onboard an Airbus A321 aircraft flying from Sharm El Sheikh to Saint Petersburg.
Moscow has demanded the strengthening of security measures in Egyptian airports. This year, after a series of inspections and approvals, Cairo and Moscow were close to solving the issue of the resumption of direct flights, however after the hijacking of Alexandria to Cairo flight on 29th March, talk about the delay of the flights resumed. Now to get to Egypt from Moscow is possible only with a transfer.