An operational headquarters has been set up within Russia's Federal Security Service - FSB in connection with the TU-154 passenger plane crash over the Black Sea. Head of the FSB Public Relations Center, Andrei Laryushin, told RIA Novosti Thursday that Russian agencies had engaged foreign counterparts in the crisis management. Intelligence measures are underway. "In cases like that, we always put forth and investigate the theory of a terrorist act," the FSB spokesman said. 74 people are believed to have been on board. The plane was bound from Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport to the Siberian city of Novosibirsk.
Europe has recognised the need for negotiations with Russia to discuss the security system on the continent. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is going to Macedonia for meetings with colleagues within the OSCE