The decision was taken on a suggestion made by Alexander Bortnikov the intelligence chief in Russia who said Russia should ground every flight until it knows the true reason for the incident that killed everyone of the 225 people on board.
The move by Vladimir Putin the president marks another big blow to the vital tourism industry in Egypt and follows mounting assertions by the U.S. and Britain that a bomb might have tore the plane apart in midflight over the Sinai.
During a meeting of its National Anti-Terrorist Committee, officials from Russia said they collected samples of the body of the airplane, luggage and soil where the plane landed so they can have them examined for residue of any explosives.
The statements to date are the strongest sign that Russia is giving consideration that terrorism is the primary possible explanation of what took place in the deadliest aviation incident for Russia ever.
Officials in Russia either rejected statements that David Cameron the Prime Minister of Britain or President Barack Obama made that a bomb might have caused this accident.
Russia also announced it was taking steps to bring Russians home from Egypt. At the same time, confusion has reigned at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport as the British are planning to quickly evacuate tens of thousands of its citizens under the strictest of emergency security rules has now been thrown into doubt.
Despite a number of assurances from officials in Britain that this airlift would move forward, EasyJet the discount carrier announced on Friday that the rescue plans put into place on Thursday were suspended by authorities from Egypt.
The officials from civil aviation in Egypt however put the blame on a snag in the limited runway and luggage facility for storage in the resort city on the Rea Sea.