Russia has begun returning its residents left stranded in Egypt a week after a Russian airliner crashed in the Sinai Peninsula. Investigations into the crash now focus on a noise heard on the cockpit voice recorder immediately before the crash.
Egypt and Russia have signed a contract to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader also voiced a willingness to resume direct flights to Egypt.
The recent fatal knife attack on German nationals at a popular Egyptian resort is yet another setback for the country's troubled tourism sector. Industry officials have called for immediate action.
Russia's top diplomat has announced Moscow's intentions to resume flights to Egypt after 2015's aviation tragedy. Metrojet, the downed aircraft's operator, was banned from undertaking domestic and international flights.
Conflicts can be solved diplomatically, militarily or economically. Russia has had disputes with Turkey over tourism and Egypt over wheat exports. The Kremlin has even fought economic battles over fruits and vegetables.
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