Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, says close cooperation with Egypt on security issues will help restore a direct air link to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts.
Speaking after Monday’s talks with the Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, Lavrov said that cooperation on enhancing security helped Egypt and Russia resume direct flights between Moscow and Cairo last month. The flights were suspended after a 2015 bombing that brought down a Russian passenger airliner over the Sinai Peninsula.
Lavrov said the current level of security cooperation provided a “good foundation for future restoration of Russian flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurgada”.
The suspension of flights has decimated Egypt’s tourism industry as the country relies heavily on the influx of Russian tourists.