This is how Russia prepares for war

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Before yesterday’s Russian jet was shot down by Turkey over Syria, these pictures were released showing the epicentre of Vladimir Putin’s three-tier war room.

It’s where the president has been overseeing daily air strikes in Syria and no doubt will become a hive of activity as tensions between Turkey and Russia become strained.

Russia recently stepped up its campaign against Islamic militants following the downing of an airliner over Egypt.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (3rd R) and armed forces Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov (R) attend a meeting on Russian air force's activity in Syria at the national defence control centre in Moscow, Russia, November 17, 2015. Russia said on Tuesday it had stepped up air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria with long-range bombers and cruise missiles after the Kremlin said it wanted retribution for those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/SPUTNIK/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
It looks like something from a Bond movie (Picture: REUTERS)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attend a meeting on Russian air force's activity in Syria at the national defence control centre in Moscow, Russia, November 17, 2015. Russia said on Tuesday it had stepped up air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria with long-range bombers and cruise missiles after the Kremlin said it wanted retribution for those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/SPUTNIK/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
Putin has been overseeing daily air strikes in Syria (Picture: REUTERS)

Hollande wants the US-led coalition to start co-operating with Russia in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Putin says his country is targeting the Islamic State militants, but the US contends Moscow is going after rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, a Kremlin ally.

Last week, Hollande called for the US and Russia to set aside their policy divisions over Syria and ‘fight this terrorist army in a broad, single coalition’. But his office acknowledges that ‘co-ordination’ sounds like a far more realistic goal.

‘We are not talking about a command centre. We are talking about co-ordination of methods and exchange of intelligence,’ a French diplomat said on Monday.

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France wants Russia to co-ordinate its attack on ISIS (Picture: Barcroft)
A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry November 23, 2015, shows air strikes carried out by Russia's air force hitting objects, which, according to the ministry, are controlled by the Islamic State militants, at an unknown location in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
One of the air strikes carried out in Syria (Picture: REUTERS)
A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry November 23, 2015, shows air strikes carried out by Russia's air force hitting objects, which, according to the ministry, are controlled by the Islamic State militants, at an unknown location in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Footage released by Russia’s Defence Ministry November 23 shows air strikes carried out on Islamic State (Picture: REUTERS)
A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry November 23, 2015, shows air strikes carried out by Russia's air force hitting oil infrastructure, which, according to the ministry, are controlled by the Islamic State militants, at an unknown location in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Russia target an oil firm in Syria (Picture: REUTERS)
A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry November 23, 2015, shows airstrikes, carried out by the country's air force and hitting oil infrastructure controlled by the Islamic State militants according to the ministry, at an unknown location in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
More oil infrastructure is destroyed by Russian military (Picture: REUTERS)
A still image taken from video footage, released by Russia's Defence Ministry on November 20, 2015, shows Russian Tupolev TU-22 long-range strategic bombers conducting an airstrike at an unknown location in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
Russian Tupolev TU-22 long-range strategic bombers conducting an air strike (Picture: REUTERS)
Residents inspect a damaged site from what activists said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in Nawa city, Deraa, Syria, November 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir
The aftermath of a bombing in Syria by the Russian military (Picture: REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir)


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