Andrei Stepanyuk, the Director of the Moscow office of Bashkir Airlines, denied the possibility of the plane crash above Germany having been prompted by the crew's insufficient knowledge of English.
"It was one of our best-experienced crews," Stepanyuk asserted at a briefing held at Moscow's international Domodedovo airport.
He also told journalists that the jet in question had undergone a complete check the day before the catastrophe, and that it was outfitted with the most advanced equipment. All 12 crew and 57 passengers on board had been insured in accordance with international requirements, he added.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons