Vladimir Putin promised to avenge the killings of Russian citizens during the terrorist attack on board Airbus A321 passenger jet on October 31st.
"The killings of our people in the Sinai is one of the bloodiest crimes on the number of victims. We will not be wiping tears from our hearts and souls. It will remain with us forever. But it will not prevent us from finding and punishing the criminals," the president said.
Putin said that Russia will act in accordance with Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, which guarantees the right for self-defense to countries. He added that Moscow was counting for help from "friends" - other countries that struggle against terrorism - in the search for the criminals.
Putin promised that "all those who try to assist criminals must know that consequences of such actions would be entirely on their shoulders."
As for the operation in Syria, Putin said that it must be continued and intensified. "The criminals must realize that retaliation is inevitable," he said.
The United States and NATO are conducting provocative activities both in airspace and waters of the Black Sea, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said