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FILE PHOTO - Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the State Council at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin authorised the resumption of regular civilian flights from Russia to Cairo, according to a document published on the government's website on Thursday.

The order was effective as of Jan 2.

Russia halted civilian air traffic to Egypt in 2015 after militants detonated a bomb on a Russian Metrojet flight leaving the tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 224 people on board.

The bombing and the Russian suspension were blows to Egypt's tourism industry, a key source of hard currency.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; editing by John Stonestreet)

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