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Egypt says near meeting Russia's airport security demands

  • FILE -- In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Egyptian military approach a plane's tail at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt. Egyptian officials said Sunday, Feb. 25, 2017, that they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. Moscow suspended air links to Egypt after Islamic militants downed a Russian airliner over Sinai in 2015, killing all 224 people on board and decimating the country's vital tourism industry. (Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)

    FILE -- In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Egyptian military approach a plane's tail at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt. Egyptian officials said Sunday, Feb. 25, 2017, that they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. Moscow suspended air links to Egypt after Islamic militants downed a Russian airliner over Sinai in 2015, killing all 224 people on board and decimating the country's vital tourism industry. (Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 19, 2016, file photo, the Egyptair logo is seen at the arrivals section of Cairo International Airport, Egypt. Egyptian officials said Sunday, Feb. 25, 2017, that they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. Moscow suspended air links to Egypt after Islamic militants downed a Russian airliner over Sinai in 2015, killing all 224 people on board and decimating the country's vital tourism industry. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    FILE - In this May 19, 2016, file photo, the Egyptair logo is seen at the arrivals section of Cairo International Airport, Egypt. Egyptian officials said Sunday, Feb. 25, 2017, that they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. Moscow suspended air links to Egypt after Islamic militants downed a Russian airliner over Sinai in 2015, killing all 224 people on board and decimating the country's vital tourism industry. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptian officials say they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt.

They say work has begun this week to install up to 16 finger-print security gates for employees at two of Cairo airport's main terminals and to raise a potentially vulnerable stretch of the facility's perimeter fence at a residential Cairo suburb.

The officials say 16 such gates have already been installed at the facility's 1 and 3 terminals at Moscow's request.

The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Moscow suspended air links to Egypt after Islamic militants downed a Russian airliner over Sinai in 2015, killing all 224 people on board and decimating the country's vital tourism industry.