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RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH PROBE

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Added On November 17, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the job of establishing what the cause of the plane crash in the Sinai was is for investigators, not politicians.
 
Speaking at the G20 Summit in Antalya on Monday, Putin told the press that no conclusions had been drawn yet, despite speculation abounding that the plane was downed by a bomb planted upon it.
 
SOUNDBITE(RUSSIAN): VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russian President
"The crash of our airplane caused us enormous pain for all of us whatever the reason behind the crash and the many victims. This is a great tragedy for us. We know about all the possible versions and all of them are considered. The final conclusion will be made after finishing the investigation. What kind of investigation? If there was an explosion, there will be traces on the aircraft covering and passengers’ personal belongings. We have enough equipment and high-level specialists to find these traces. And only after that we will be able to announce the reason of the tragedy."
 
Russia-bound Airbus A321 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31 shortly after taking off from the Sharm el-Sheikh airport, killing all 224 people aboard.
   
Shortly after the incident, an IS statement said it was responsible for the crash and that the operation was retaliation for Russian airstrikes against the group in Syria.