Russia’s Head of the Ministry of Transport Maxim Sokolov divulged that Egypt has expressed their readiness to sign a protocol on aviation security with their country.
When officials of both countries sign the documents, flights between Moscow and Cairo may be resumed after they were suspended in light of the terrorist attack to a Russian aircraft back in November 2015.
“To open an air service in any of the directions, primarily Cairo, since this airport today has been additionally checked by group of experts in the field of aviation transport security, which carried out this analysis at the end of July, it is necessary to sign an appropriate protocol with the Egyptian side, about which they also expressed their readiness, and the introduction of changes in the presidential decree,” said Sokolov.
Sokolov added that the Ministry of Transport sent a report to the Russian government, “which gives a positive assessment of the activities that were done by the Egyptian side in the second terminal of Cairo airport”.
Back in February, the Russian government signed off on the draft protocol on cooperation with Egypt with regards to civil aviation security. According to the document, the security of the airports in Egypt, from which flights to/from the Russian Federation, will be “specialists of the Russian legal entity” authorized by Rosaviatsia.
Then in March, Sokolov said that the Russian Federation and Egypt had green-lighted the draft protocol, with only the date and place where the signing would be held, left undetermined.
But in May, a source leaked that the Egyptian side “no longer demonstrates readiness to seek a compromise regarding the presence of Russian specialists at local airports,” which negates the draft prepared earlier.
The protocol was formulated after the shutdown of air communication between Russia and Egypt in November 2015, which was sparked by the Russian Federation in connection with the crash of Russian airplane over Sinai.
On board the liner, flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg, were 217 passengers and seven crewmembers, all of who were killed. The FSB subsequently found the incident to be a terrorist act.