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Russia Ready To Resume Some Ties With Egypt

The speaker of the State Duma says Russia is ready to resume ties with Egypt in tourism and in civil aviation.

Sergei Naryshkin said he did not rule out talks on the resumption of flights between the two countries during his visit to Egypt this week.

"But this will be possible only in case the safety of our citizens is fully guaranteed," Interfax quoted him as saying on January 25.

Russia stopped all civilian flights to Egypt, a popular destination of Russian vacationers, after a bomb brought down a Russian airplane over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Reuters