Strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MC and Tu-22 are involved in the Russian operation in Syria, the Russian Defense Minister said.

Russian Minister of defense Sergey Shoygu is due to meet with President Vladimir Putin to speak on the causes of the Kogalymavia (Metrojet) flight 7K9268 in the Sinai, during a Ministry of Defence meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, November 17. Earlier in the day Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) director Alexander Bortnikov told the president that the crash was caused by a terrorist attack, since traces of explosives were found in the plane wreckage.
The plane crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula around 23 minutes after take-off on October 31, killing everyone on board. The passenger plane was heading to St. Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh when it broke up in the air.