Russia is keen on developing cooperation with the Crimea in the tourism sector, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said.

"We hope the Crimea will be a safe place in Ukraine, and we would like to re-divert as many passenger flows as possible from the well-trodden and clearly unsafe destinations such as Turkey and Egypt to useful and historically justified ones, not only our Krasnodar Territory, but the Crimea too," the minister said at a working meeting which focused on tourism cooperation between Russia and the Crimea in Moscow on Tuesday.

"In terms of climate and recreational facilities, (the Crimea) is probably the best place in the former USSR, there is no analogue," Medinsky said.

The Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rostourism) will provide support in this area and businesses should get involved in organizing tourist trips, the minister added.

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