Okay, this seems kind of contradictory. Even flip-floppish. The evidence from U.S. intelligence (to the degree that any Obama Regime source can be taken seriously) is pretty conclusive that Islamic State operatives placed a bomb on the Metrojet Airbus A321, and it blew the plane to borscht over the Sinai, slaying all 224 Russian men, women, and children aboard. Which, by the by, is a curious thing for ISIS to do if, as the aforementioned Obama Regime claims, the Russians aren't bombing Islamic State assets in Syria. See what I mean about not being able to take them seriously?
Yet now the Russians are pooh-poohing that conclusion, or at least stalling it. But look closely at the following quote and see if you can find Czar Vlad's angle in it:
Egyptian and Russian officials said they have no evidence that the Airbus passenger plane that crashed in Sinai last week was brought down by an explosion, saying it’s too soon to reach the conclusion attributed to authorities in France....
[A] Russian member of the commission probing the incident said it was still too early to determine the nature of certain noises recorded before the crash, according to the Russian news agency Tass. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday that while his country “hasn’t ruled out anything,” the cause of the crash remains unknown, pending the completion of the investigation.
Yeah - sounds of an unmistakable explosion, by every other report. There really isn't much objective doubt about the instrument of the Russian airliner's fate. And yet Putin has his representative in the crash investigation trying to discredit this most likely explanation. What gives?
Look at the first four aforequoted words above: "Egyptian and Russian officials". Egypt has been under jihadist siege ever since the Obama-installed Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown over a year ago. The military regime of Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi is less than entirely stable, and a highly significant revenue stream for economically-rebuilding Egypt is (drumroll please) tourism. This is what made the ISIS bombing of the Metrojet Airbus A321 a two-fer, striking a blow against their new enemy and perhaps further destabilizing President el-Sisi's government at the same time.
Putin knows this. Just as he knows that if it's possible to cover up that fact that this was a bombing, divert public attention away from the true explanation for the crash, that would help Egypt's economic interests, at least in the short term. And in that instance, to whom would President el-Sisi be most grateful? The Americans, who told the truth and inflicted pain on their erstwhile Egyptian allies in the process, or the Russians, who helped them when and how they really needed it?
It's downright insidious how Vlad draws one country after another into the Russian orbit using not brute force but the same propaganda techniques that American leftists do to win election after election. And now he's doing so with the largest Arab Muslim country in the world.
Of course, having halted all Russian flights to Egypt yesterday rather undercuts that angle. But I'm sure even that fits into Vlad's plan somewhere.