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Russian may restore air travel with Egypt

dpadpa 10/05/2016

Commercial air travel between Russia and Egypt may soon be restored, after President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart discussed the issue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart have talked about restoring air traffic between the countries.

Russia suspended commercial air traffic with Egypt last year after a Russian airliner travelling from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh exploded shortly after takeoff, killing all 224 people aboard.

An Egyptian affiliate of the terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for downing the aircraft, with a bomb placed on board as revenge for Russian military strikes against the group in Syria.

Putin and Egypt's Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi agreed in a phone call that security measures should be implemented at Egyptian airports to "make it possible to resume Russian airlines' flights to Egypt and to restore tourist exchange," the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

In March, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said he hoped air traffic could be restored by the summer holiday season on the condition that Egypt heighten security to an acceptable level.

The downed airliner had been travelling to Russia's second largest city, St Petersburg, and most of the passengers were Russian.

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