Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will punish those responsible for blowing up a Russian jet over Egypt with beefed up air strikes in Syria. Diane Hodges reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is vowing to hunt down those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt. ..and he's begun with intensified air strikes against militants in Syria, using long-range bombers and cruise missiles. The attacks came after the Kremlin concluded that a bomb brought down the Metrojet plane last month, killing all 224 people on board. And just days after the Islamic State assaults on Paris. For the first time, Russian jets were joined by French planes in bombing targets in Syria. During a visit to the defense ministry's command center in Moscow on Tuesday night, Putin ordered Russia's military to coordinate its activities with France. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Very soon a French navy group headed by an aircraft carrier will arrive in your area of operation. You need to establish a direct contact with the French and work with them as with allies. It is necessary to work out a joint action plan with them, both at sea and in the air." Russia began air strikes in Syria at the end of September. A French government source says Russia has attacked the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, signalling Moscow is becoming more concerned about the threat posed by IS.