Russian President Vladimir Putin, third left, observes a minute of silence with others before a meeting on Russian plane crash in Egypt, at Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, early Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/SPUTNIK, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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President Vladimir Putin vowed to hunt down those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt and intensified airstrikes against militants in Syria, after the Kremlin concluded a bomb had destroyed the plane last month, killing 224 people.Putin ordered the Russian navy in the eastern Mediterranean to coordinate its actions on the sea and in the air with the French navy, after the Kremlin used long-range bombers and cruise missiles in Syria and announced it would expand its strike force by 37 planes.Egyptian authorities have detained two employees of Sharm el-Sheikh airport, where the downed plane originated, for questioning, two security officials and an airport employee said on Tuesday.As dozens of uniformed servicemen watched on, the defense minister and top military officials gave Putin their reports one-by-one, reporting that long-range bombers had loosed 34 cruise missiles and that Russia would bolster its strike force of around 50 planes and helicopters with a further 37 aircraft.Russia began air strikes in Syria at the end of September.
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