Russian President Vladimir Putin said that those guilty of the terrorist act on board the Russian A321 airliner in Egypt would be found and punished.
"It is not for the first time that Russia is facing barbarous terrorist crimes, largely without apparent causes, external or domestic, as it was the case with the blast at a railway station in Volgograd at the end of 2013. We have not forgotten anything and anyone," Putin said at a session he chaired late on Monday.
"The murder of our nationals in Sinai is among the bloodiest crimes as to the number of casualties," he said. "We will not be wiping tears away from our souls and our hearts. This will stay with us forever," Putin continued.
"But this will not prevent us from finding and punishing the criminals," Putin pledged.
"We must be doing this without limitations period, and know each of them by name. We will be searching them everywhere, no matter where they hide. We will find them in any point of the globe and they will be punished," the president stressed.
He stressed a need "to rely on the people who share our moral values, underlying our policy, in this case - the foreign policy and policy of security, the policy of anti-terrorism fight".
Russia is asking for assistance from other countries in tracking down and punishing those responsible for the A321 passenger jet crash of Russia’s Kogalymavia airlines in Egypt.
"I am asking the Foreign Ministry to appeal to all our partners. In these efforts, including those for tracking down and punishing the criminals we count on all our friends," Putin told a conference late Monday evening.
He promised that Russia would be acting "in strict compliance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter envisaging the right of countries to self-defense."
"All those who may try to offer assistance to criminals should be aware that the consequences of such connivance will rest entirely on their shoulders," Putin said.
First published by TASS.
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