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EgyptAir barred from flying to Russia

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Baku, November 14, AZERTAC

Russia has banned EgyptAir from flying to the country, one of Moscow's airports and the company said Friday, with Russian flights between the two already suspended following the Sinai plane crash, according to Dailymail.

Moscow's Domodedovo airport told AFP it had received a telegram from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) banning EgyptAir flights to Russian territory from Saturday.

But Rosaviatsia declined to comment on the claim.

Egyptian Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said authorities had received notice from Domodedovo and had cancelled a flight for Saturday, and "reserved seats on other airplanes for passengers from Cairo and those coming from Moscow".

He added that the Egyptian aviation authority was "in contact with its Russian counterpart to try to learn the reasons for such a decision, which has still not been officially announced".

But EgyptAir chairman Fathi Sharif said the company had received instructions from the Russian authorities to halt flights, calling that "unjustifiable".

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