Russia has suspended flights to all Egyptian airports in an apparent acknowledgement by the Kremlin that a terrorist attack could have brought down a Russian-operated plane over the Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. The Russian move came as British attempts to bring passengers home from Sharm el-Sheikh descended into chaos on Friday. While Russia had earlier suggested that the UK was acting prematurely in halting flights to the Red Sea resort over terrorism fears, President Vladimir Putin ordered even wider restrictions on Friday, including halting all flights from Cairo. The head of his federal security services said it would be “expedient” to suspend flights until they had discovered why the Airbus 321 had crashed last Saturday.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.