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MOSCOW, September 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov is flying to Egypt on Tuesday, September 27, for talks on resumption of flights between the two countries, a source in the ministry’s press service told TASS, adding that Sokolov also plans to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
"Sokolov’s working trip to Egypt is scheduled for September 27. He plans to meet Egypt’s President during his visit," the source said.
Russia’s Deputy Transport Minister Nikolay Zakhryapin met Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sharif Fathi last week. Following the meeting the sides noted the progress regarding the issue of security provision in Egyptian airports.
Earlier Sokolov said flights from Russia to Cairo airport will only be resumed.
Air service with Egypt was suspended by Moscow in November 2015 after a terrorist attack on board an A321 from Russia’s air carrier Kogalymavia that was en route from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg in Russia. The passenger airliner crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early on October 31. All 224 people onboard, including 217 passengers and the seven-member crew, were killed.
Negotiations on resuming flights between Russia and Egypt have been underway since late 2015.