Closing Egypt to Russian tourists is a difficult decision for business, but people's lives are more important, Irina Tyurina, a spokeswoman for the Russian Union of the Tourism Industry (RST), told Interfax on Nov. 6, commenting on the Russian leadership's decision to discontinue flights to Egypt.
There were about 30,000 Russians in Egypt at the time of the A321 crash, she said.
"This is a very difficult decision. On the one hand, it is a serious blow to the tourism business which is already going through difficult times. Especially now during the high season in Egypt. On the other hand, when you have business on one side of the scales and human lives on the other, it is clear what is more important, what tips the scale. At the time of the A321 crash there were around 30,000 Russian citizens, possibly even more, in Egypt," Tyurina said.
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