A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that a preliminary agreement had been reached on the payment of compensation to the victims of the crash of the Russian plane over Egyptian territory in 2015.
The ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said in statements published on the ministry’s official website that the details of the agreement are now being decided upon by the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers, hoping that an agreement will be reached between representatives of Egyptian tourism companies and the families of the victims of the plane soon.
The ministry’s statement added that work is currently underway to discuss the exact details of the system for implementing voluntary payments through the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism channel.
The Russian Tass news agency quoted an informed Egyptian source as saying that reaching an understanding on paying compensation to the families of the Russian victims of the plane disaster over Sinai in 2015 does not mean that Egypt acknowledges its responsibility for the disaster.
The Russian passenger plane crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in eastern Egypt in October 2015 after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, killing all 224 people on board, and what is known as the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the crash by planting a bomb inside it.
After the incident, Russia banned flights to Egypt, but it resumed between Moscow and Cairo in 2018, and it resumed last month to the cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.