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Putin lifted decree banning flights to Egypt, in force since 2015

The ban was introduced after the explosion of the Kogalymavia aircraft banned in the Russian Federation by ISIS with 217 Russians on board.

Russia has been chafing under numerous rounds of Western sanctions following the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its role in the Ukraine crisis. (Kremlin.ru)

Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled his own decree from 2015, which prohibited Russian airlines from flying between Russian and Egyptian cities.

Also, the head of state canceled the recommendation to tour operators and travel agents to refrain from selling tours involving air transportation to Egypt, media reported on Thursday, July 8.

Russia stopped flights with Egypt in 2015 after members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, banned in Russia, blew up a Kogalymavia, Metojet passenger plane flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg.

The victims of the attack were 217 passengers and seven crew members. ISIS officials said the bombing was revenge for the start of a Russian air operation in Syria against jihadist gangs, which by that time had practically defeated the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

© The Eastern Herald
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