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Putin Says Russia Will Resume Flights to Cairo

  • Ban on flying to Egyptian resorts to remain as checks continue
  • Egypt attracted 3 million Russians a year before plane bombing
An Aeroflot-Russian International Airlines Airbus A320-214(WL) stands for pre-flight preparations at the passenger terminal at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. President Vladimir Putin has amassed forces, including short-range ballistic missiles and anti-ship, air-defense, and electronic weaponry, in the Kaliningrad enclave that cuts into Poland's Baltic Sea coast, Lt. General Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe, said in December.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

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President Vladimir Putin said during a visit to Egypt that Russia will restore flights to Cairo, two years after it suspended air links when terrorists blew up a passenger jet.

“Egypt has done a lot to improve airport security” and Russia wants to sign an agreement soon on resuming flights, Putin said Monday after meeting Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo. While Russia will continue to forbid charter flights to the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, the decision marks the first easing of the ban since it was imposed after 224 people on board the Russian jet died in the October 2015 explosion over the Sinai Peninsula.