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    Russia May Resume Air Traffic to Egypt Early Next Year Transport Minister

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    Air traffic between Russia and Egypt may resume early next year, although the final decision is up to Moscow, the Russian transport minister said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia grounded regular flights to and from Egypt after its passenger plane came down over the Sinai desert on October 31, 2015 shortly after leaving the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh. Russian investigators said a bomb had exploded on board, killing all 224 people.

    "January 2017 is a very plausible deadline for reopening regular air traffic with Cairo," Maxim Sokolov told reporters.

    He said the final decision would be taken by the Russian government after it analyzed the results of an inquiry into the crash by an expert panel. "We aren’t going to rush this," he added.

    Sokolov announced last fall that Egypt had greatly improved airport security in resort cities. On November 29, Russia forwarded to Egypt documents necessary for the resumption of flights.

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