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    Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah Sisi in a telephone conversation noted the importance of creating conditions for resumption of Russian flights to Egypt.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi in a telephone conversation noted the importance of creating conditions for resumption of Russian flights to Egypt, the Kremlin said in a statement Monday.

    "[The sides] noted the importance of creating all necessary conditions for resumption of Russian aircraft flying to Egypt and tourist exchanges," the statement read.

    On October 31, a Russia-operated Airbus A321 crashed en route from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board the plane were killed in a terrorist attack. Soon after the catastrophe, Russia suspended all passenger flights to and from Egypt, citing security concerns.

    On January 30, the speaker of the lower house of Russia's parliament, Sergei Naryshkin, said that there was a possibility that Russian tourists would soon return to Egyptian resorts, as the Egyptian authorities have taken significant steps to ensure security in public places.

    The issue of air travel is expected to be discussed during Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s visit to Moscow in mid-March, ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said earlier this month.

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