Top Russian MP Eyes Resumption of Flights, Tourism With Egypt

MOSCOW (Reuters) —

Russia is interested in resuming in full its relations with Egypt in tourism and in civil aviation flights, Russian news agencies quoted Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the Russian lower house of parliament, as saying on Monday.

Naryshkin said he did not rule out talks on the resumption of flights between the two countries during his visit to Egypt this week.

“But this will be possible only in case the safety of our citizens is fully guaranteed,” Interfax quoted him as saying.

Russia stopped all civilian flights to Egypt, a popular destination of Russian vacationers, after a bomb brought down a Russian airplane over the Sinai peninsula on Oct. 31, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the explosion.

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