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Russian, Egyptian transport ministers to meet in Moscow soon

July 18, 9:33 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov will soon meet with his Egyptian counterpart in Moscow, a spokesman for the Russian Transport Ministry told TASS on Monday.

"Talks between Maxim Sokolov and his Egyptian counterpart should take place in Moscow in the near future," the spokesman said.

Russia suspended air service with Egypt following the crash of a Russian A321 passenger jet in Sinai. The jet owned by Russia’s Kogalymavia air carrier (flight 9268) bound to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31 some 30 minutes after the takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh. It fell down 100 kilometers south of the administrative center of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish. The plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members. There were four Ukrainian and one Belarusian nationals among the passengers. None survived.

The Russian transport minister said that air service will resume after Egypt fully ensures security at airports.

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