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Lebanon, Cyprus to Work Out Joint Plan to Attract Russian Tourists

© AP Photo / Petros KaradjiasA woman sit on the sand as other people enjoy the sea at "Nissi Beach" in the famous southeastern coastal resort of Ayia Napa, Cyprus, Saturday, June 14, 2014
A woman sit on the sand as other people enjoy the sea at Nissi Beach in the famous southeastern coastal resort of Ayia Napa, Cyprus, Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Lebanon and Cyprus will work on a joint plan to attract Russian tourists, as travel to their most popular destinations of Egypt and Turkey has been restricted, Chairman of the Lebanese-Russian Business Council Jacques Sarraf told Sputnik Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In November, Russia imposed travel restrictions on its citizens for journeys to Turkey and Egypt, the most popular tourist destinations for Russians, amid security concerns.

"A delegation of Lebanese businessmen will travel to Cyprus, we have already contacted Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism [Yiorgos Lakkotrypis] and asked for a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs [Ioannis Kasoulides] to develop a joint Lebanese-Cypriot plan for Russian tourists, so that a full program can be prepared," Sarraf said.

A Russian-operated Airbus A321 crashed en route from Egypt's resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg on October 31, killing all 224 people on board, after an explosive device detonated in the passenger compartment.

An empty public beach is seen in Namaa Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh. - Sputnik International
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Following the tragedy, Russia announced the repatriation of its citizens vacationing in Egypt and imposed a ban on flights to the country due to security concerns.

Turkish-Russian relations deteriorated rapidly after the downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkey over Syrian territory on November 24.

On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree applying economic measures against Turkey, including travel restrictions, in the interest of national security. The decree was adopted by the Russian parliament on Tuesday.

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