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Egypt and Russia discussing return of Russian aviation to Egypt

Russian President Vladimir Putin Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi discussed ways on how to hasten the steps needed to resume direct passenger flights between their two nations.

Putin’s visit to the country has sparked hopes, especially for those in the tourism sector that a major breakthrough in returning Russian aviation and tourists to Egypt might be possible.

The return of Russian tourism is a high priority for Sisi during Putin’s visit as it could boost Russian-Egyptian ties. Experts are saying that a tourism protocol might be signed soon.

The tourism row is one centered on security and not on politics. Resolving this would indicate Egypt’s capability of enticing Russian investment in the future.

The two most important issues to be tackled during the state visit are the return of Russian tourism and the Dabaa nuclear power plant, said Sherif Gad, the Director of the Russian Cultural Center, to Akhbar Al-Youm.

Gad stressed that the bilateral relations between Egypt and Russia need to develop its communication, especially after an era of frigid relations.

Russian aviation and tourism were put on hold after a Russian airplane crashed in Sinai on October 2015. The incident was followed by measures and actions pertaining to security that were requested by Russian delegations for the resumption of flights between the two countries.

Egyptian airports are now fitted with the latest security measures, including x-ray scanning devices and storage of footage from security cameras. A fingerprint verification system for airport employees to monitor their entry and exit as well as to check the identity of individuals going beyond the customs section and the airstrips, has also been put in place.

Russian inspection officials examined Egyptian airports, hoping to resume direct flights at the soonest possible time.

Sisi and Putin will also talk about means to boost cooperation between their countries in the various fields.

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