The first of the Russian air crash victims is laid to rest at a cemetery in St Petersburg. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The first of the victims of the Russian Metrojet air crash has been laid to rest on Thursday (November 5) at a cemetery in St. Petersburg. All 224 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A321 died when the plane crashed in the Sinai Peninsula at the weekend. The Kremlin believes that any theories about what caused the crash in the Sinai Peninsula are speculation and that only the official investigation can determine what happened, a spokesman said on Thursday. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, was reacting to an assertion from British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond who said that there was a significant possibility that Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate had orchestrated a bomb attack on the Russian airliner. Peskov said Russian planes were continuing to fly to and from Sharm el‐Sheikh Airport in Egypt, despite Ireland and Britain suspending flights. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting on Thursday he also deemed it too early to draw any conclusions about the causes of the crash but ordered officials to start talks with foreign aviation authorities anyway to see if additional security measures could be taken.