Russian experts draft Egypt air safety report after inspection
Russian aviation experts are drafting a security report in Egyptian airports after returning from inspections conducted in Cairo, the Russian Transport Ministry said Monday.
Russian experts inspected security measures at Cairo International Airport's second terminal in a three-day visit late last month.
"Russian experts have returned from Cairo. A report is currently being prepared on the results of the inspection," a ministry spokesperson told RIA Novosti.
Russia suspended flights to and from Egypt after a St. Petersburg-bound Airbus A321 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula soon after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh on October 31, 2015, killing all 224 people aboard.
The Egyptian authorities have said repeatedly that everything possible had been done and continued to be done to ensure the utmost security and safety at Egypt airports.
"We are now proud that the security measures at our airports are harsher than at a number of busy airports of European cities," Mahmoud Qatt, an expert at the accident investigation department at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, told RIA Novosti.
According to security analyst Khaled Okasha, Cairo understood Moscow's concerns about possible attacks on Russian citizens. "In any case, Egypt fulfilled all its obligations in terms of security and equipment. It has to be noted that the representatives of different countries, who had visited Egyptian airports, remarked on a significant progress," Okasha told RIA Novosti.