The wreckage of a A321 Russian airliner in the Sinai Peninsula.
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Tensions following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search of sunnier climes, and for tour operators.Officials led by strongman Vladimir Putin warned Russians against traveling to Turkey and insisted the country was no safer than Egypt, where a Russian charter plane flying from the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg was downed by a bomb last month, killing all 224 people on board.Earlier this month, Russia halted all Russian flights to Egypt, a country some 2.6 million Russian tourists visited last year.Turkey and Egypt last year accounted for one third of all Russian tourism, with 3.3 million tourists visiting Turkey, according to Russia's federal tourism agency.The country's tour operators union said nearly 5,000 tours to Turkey had already been sold, but the federal tourism agency Tuesday banned the further sale of such tourist packages.
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