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    Reduced Russian Tourist Flow to Egypt Hurts Both Countries

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    Cairo and Moscow acknowledge that the sharply reduced tourist flow from Russia to Egypt in the wake of a Russian passenger plane catastrophe in the Sinai Peninsula is hurting the economies of both countries, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —Shoukry stressed, though, that the A321 crash last year had not affected Egypt-Russia economic and trade ties in general.

    "During the talks with [Russian Foreign Minister] Mr. Lavrov today, we acknowledged the fact that the reduction of tourist flow to Egypt harms both the Egyptian and the Russian side," Shoukry told reporters at a news conference rounding up the results of his visit to Moscow.

    Russia suspended all passenger flights to and from Egypt last fall after a Russian A321 plane crashed in the Sinai desert on October 31 while flying from the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board died in what has become the largest civil aviation disaster in Russian history.

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