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Russian Flights to Egypt Will Resume Soon, Putin Tells Sissi

  • Reuters

FILE - An empty arrival hall is seen at the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in south Sinai, Egypt, Nov. 9, 2015. After an October 2015 crash of a Russian passenger jet on the Sinai Peninsula that left 224 people dead Russia is resume flights to Egypt, President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi announced Thursday.

FILE - An empty arrival hall is seen at the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in south Sinai, Egypt, Nov. 9, 2015. After an October 2015 crash of a Russian passenger jet on the Sinai Peninsula that left 224 people dead Russia is resume flights to Egypt, President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi announced Thursday.

Russian flights to Egypt will resume soon, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in a phone call, Sissi's office said on Thursday.

Flights to Egypt from Russia were suspended after a Russian plane crashed into the Sinai desert in October 2015. Islamic State said it brought down the plane with a bomb smuggled inside a soda can.

"President Putin affirmed Russia's intention to resume regular flights between Moscow and Cairo in the very near future," the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

No date was given for flights to resume.

The Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet, had been returning Russian holiday makers from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. The crash killed all 224 on board.

Russia and Western governments said a bomb had brought the plane down and Sissi later said the cause was terrorism.

Investigators have yet to confirm this.

Britain suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh as a result, and Russia suspended all flights to and from Egypt, devastating Egyptian tourism, a lifeline for the country’s already battered economy.

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