The Russian Transport Ministry called unreliable the information reported by some media outlets that a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt was downed by a surface-to-air missile allegedly fired by terrorists.
"Now various media are reporting the different information that a Russian passenger airliner, which was en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, was allegedly hit by a surface-to-air missile fired by terrorists. This information cannot be considered reliable," Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told Interfax.
"We are keeping in close contact with our Egyptian colleagues, aviation authorities of that country. And at the present moment they do not have any information which would confirm such fabrications," Sokolov said.
He said that specialists have already been working at the plane crash site, "meanwhile, in the near future an international committee will start working to draw conclusions on the causes of the tragedy on the strength of all the collected materials and the thorough analysis of all the available information."
"But I want to reiterate once again that according to the data available at the present moment and based on our working contacts with the Egyptian side the information that the airliner was downed cannot be considered reliable," Sokolov said.
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