Russia's Putin and Egypt's Sissi Agree on New Airline Security Measures

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Egyptian security forces stand guard by debris of a Russian airplane at the site a day after the passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg, Russia crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Credit: AP

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi have agreed on measures to improve airline security as a first step towards resuming flights between the two countries, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Sissi also told Putin that Egypt understands the Russian people's pain, a day after Moscow said an onboard bomb caused last month's plane crash in Sinai, an Egyptian presidential spokesman confirmed.

Flights were cancelled between Russia and Egypt after a Russian plane broke up over the Sinai Peninsula last month, killing 224 people on board. The Kremlin said on Tuesday terrorists had placed a bomb on the plane

Egyptian officials have declined to say whether a bomb caused the crash, saying a multi-national investigation is still underway.

The Kremlin said in the same statement that Putin told Sissi about Russia's intensified combat operations against extremist groups in Syria.

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