Maria Zakharova
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the UK had not shared intelligence on the cause of a Russian airliner crash in EgyptReuters

Russia's foreign ministry has criticised the UK for not handing over intelligence suggesting that a Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai peninsula was brought down by a terrorist bomb.

Earlier UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that the intelligence that prompted the move was not being shared with other countries. "Some intelligence we can share, some we cannot," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Itar Tass news agency: "The British government has given us no information on the plane crash. If they do have it and don't share it with us, this is shocking."

"If some countries have information on the plane crash it should be officially submitted to investigators," she added.

Speaking after a meeting of the Cobra security committee on Thursday, 5 November, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the crash which killed all 224 people on board was "more likely than not" caused by a bomb.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today telephoned Cameron to tell him that it was vital to pass on official information into the investigation into the plane crash.

The UK has suspended all flights from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, which the Russian plane set off from, while officials review security procedures. Russia though has not suspended flights, and has grounded Metrojet A321 services for safety checks.