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The Irish Aviation Authority has directed the country’s airlines to suspend operations to and from Sharm el-Sheikh Airport as well, AirLive.net reported. The world’s largest charter airline, Thomson Airways, which flies from the UK and Ireland, has also temporarily suspended its flights to and from the Egyptian resort destination with immediate effect.
The source said there is a "definite feeling" in the intelligence community that it was a bomb, and not mechanical failure, and that Isil is the likely culprit.
By suspending all flights between Britain and Sharm el-Sheikh pending a security review, David Cameron has now given the clearest indication yet that governments believe terrorism may be at the root of the disaster.
If so, Vladimir Putin and his advisors will have to think hard about how to respond.
Pollsters say Russian public support for the Syrian adventure, though high, is fragile. While many Russians are happy with the abstract idea of ‘bombing terrorists,” few are prepared to take casualties by getting involved in a far-away civil war.
However, one reason for that ambivalence is that many Russians don’t really see Isil as an imminent threat to national security. If Isil’s claims of responsibility turn out to be genuine, it may actually boost public support for Mr Putin’s war in Syria - at least in the short term.
Either way, he and his government will come under massive pressure to respond, forcefully and visibly, against the perpetrators.
originally posted by: dianajune
I've been leaning towards a bomb as the cause of this crash. What puzzles me (unless it's due to an overabundance of caution) is that Putin hasn't spoken up about this since this happened. Why is that?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
They've tested passenger remains and found no evidence of explosives. With injuries caused by an explosion at least one set of remains would have tested positive.
originally posted by: RadioRobert
Because Putin is a professional at what he does, and is waiting for the professional investigators to conclude their complicated and in-depth investigation so that he knows what he's talking about before putting his foot in his mouth?
Traces of explosives were not found on bodies recovered from the crash site of Flight 7K9268, according to a Russian news agency.
"Preliminary tests did not reveal traces of explosives on the bodies of those killed," a Russian source inside the centre carrying out forensic tests on the remains told Tass late last night.