Some 80,000 tourists from Russia were in Egypt at the moment at which flights to Egypt were suspended and some 25,000 Russians returned to their homeland over the past weekend, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Nov. 9.
At a meeting with his deputies, Medvedev asked Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich how many Russians had left Egypt over the past weekend and received an answer.
"Twenty-five [thousand] people returned," Medvedev said.
Medvedev added that the suspension of flights to Egypt is necessary "to finally determine the cause of the A321 crash."
"At the time when that decision was made, that is, November 6, some 80,000 Russian tourists were in Egyptian resorts," Medvedev said.
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