Russia needs more work with Egypt on airport security before tourists return: Putin

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Apr 2016

The Russian president said that efforts between both counties are continuing to ensure security at Egyptian airports

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with top officials of the Federal Security Service (FSB, Soviet KGB successor) in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 (Photo: AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that for his country to resume flights to Egypt, Russian officials need to work with Egyptian authorities in checking passengers and luggage boarding flights, Russian news agency TASS reported.

"No such scheme has been agreed upon so far but our special services and law enforcement bodies are working with Egyptian friends on this issue," Putin stressed.

In November 2015, following the downing of a Russian airliner over Sinai that killed 224 people, Russia and several European countries suspended flights to Egypt's Red Sea resort cities of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, citing concerns over security conditions at Egyptian airports.

Russian tourists represent on e of the largest groups of international visitors to Egyptian resorts on the Red Sea.

At the time of the airliner crash, it is estimated that some 80,000 Russian citizens were staying in Hurghada alone.

Last month, Egypt hired a British security firm to reevaluate security measures at its airports.

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