Russian President Vladimir Putin, following a meeting with Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, said that, according to Russian security services, Russia is ready to re-establish direct air service between Moscow and Cairo.

"We discussed with the President the algorithm of further joint actions aimed at the resumption of direct air communication. The Russian Security Service reported to me that, in general, we are ready to open a direct air service between Moscow and Cairo," Putin said.

"It will be necessary to sign an appropriate intergovernmental protocol. We will strive to ensure that it is signed in the very near future, " he added.

The Russian president noted that since the time of the terrorist attack in the sky over Sinai, Egypt has done a lot of work to improve the level of security at airports.

Russia suspended air communication with Egypt from November 6, 2015. The reason was a terrorist attack on board the plane of the Russian airline Kogalymavia, which crashed over the Sinai Peninsula. All 224 passengers and crew on board died. To resume air travel, Russia demanded that Egypt strengthen aviation security measures.