Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed for a merciless attack against the ISIS in the wakes of confirmation that the Metrojet was downed by a bomb planted aboard the plane. Where does he get his updates on Russia’s intervention in Syria?
It was inside the sweeping, grandest, state-of-the art war room while live footage of airstrikes were being played in screens the size of a football stadium.
Inside Russia’s National Defense Control Centre, Mr. Putin heard reports from his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and commanders of the different branches of the armed forces on the operation in Syria. Inside this very building he gave instructions to his commanders, saying a French naval group will soon join them, headed by a monstrous aircraft carrier, the largest in the entire Western Europe. The president’s instruction was simple: “You will have to develop a joint plan of action with them both in the air and at sea.”
Simple instructions and yet the ISIS might be scampering like rats by now. Since the instruction was given by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation reported that naval fleet consisting of 10 warships was deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. On Nov. 20, the ships among the Caspian flotilla launched 18 cruise missiles against seven targets in Syria.
The cruise missiles strikes were performed from the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas with distances reaching 1500 km. Twenty-nine long range bombers made strikes from the Caspian sea while the Tu-160s from the water zone of the Mediterranean Sea were flying over 13,000 kilometers.
In a report covering Mr. Putin’s war room, Andrei Kolesnikov said the room looks like something the Pentagon can only dream of to be, if only in a nightmare. “But why? Who will need these screens the size of small soccer fields with grandstands for viewers?” Kolesnikov said as quoted by The Washington Post.
“And there was the answer. Every spot was filled. Russia’s entire high army command were the viewers. Or was it like the warming bench, and at any moment everyone was ready to go on the field,” Kolesnikov went on.
“My soul of course was not filled with delight and trembling at the hellish power of this armada. But I was perturbed, yes, I was,” the reporter said.