Russia Hails Security Ties With Egypt, Promises More Flights

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry shake hands following their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Russia’s foreign minister says close cooperation with Egypt on security issues will help restore a direct air link to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts.

Sergey Lavrov, speaking after Monday’s talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, said that joint work on enhancing security had helped Egypt and Russia resume direct flights between Moscow and Cairo last month. The flights were suspended after a 2015 bombing that brought down a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula.

Lavrov said the current level of security cooperation provides a “good foundation for future restoration of Russian flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.”

The suspension of flights has decimated Egypt’s tourism industry, as the country relies heavily on the influx of Russian tourists.

The ministers also discussed further expansion of industrial and military ties between Russia and Egypt.

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