Russian diplomat comments on Aeroflot plane search conducted by UK authorities
The British authorities have barred the crew of a Russian Aeroflot plane bound for Moscow from being present during the search of their plane, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday, TASS reports.
"The British authorities asked the Russian crew, including the captain, to leave the aircraft. The captain suggested the search be conducted in his personal presence as in line with the instructions he cannot leave the plane. As of now, the Britons have begun the search, keeping the captain inside the cockpit, not letting him be present during the search," she told the Rossiya-24 television channel.
Russian diplomats are in contact with the British authorities over the search of Russia’s Aeroflot jet at London’s Heathrow airport. Moscow urges London to stop provocative actions:
"Officers of the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom are currently on the way to the airport. The Russian diplomatic mission, the Russian ambassador [Alexander Yakovenko] are getting in touch with the local side," Zakharova stated. "We urge the British authorities to stop provocative actions and get the situation back to the legal framework."