The Washington Post

This is what Putin’s war room looks like

The National Center for State Defense Management in Moscow. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin via Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin led the military Thursday in major exercises that simulated a response to an attack. He did it from the National Defense Center.

Interfax reported that the exercise was planned in November. Putin himself presided over one of three intercontinental ballistic missile strikes, the news service said.

“We have all had a chance to see for ourselves the high readiness and concerted action of our country’s strategic offensive and defensive forces,” Putin said Thursday.

“Militant nationalism that once led to the emergence of the Nazi ideology is again rearing its head in Europe,” Putin added, according to Interfax. “We won’t dwell on each particular hotbed. We know where we face this danger.”

(Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin via Reuters)

Putin was joined by the presidents of Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, there for a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Putin, center, speaks to Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russian military's General Staff. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Presidential Press Service via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russian military's general staff. (AP Photo/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Presidential Press Service via AP)

READ: Pro-Russian separatists will proceed with vote

Terri Rupar is The Post's national digital projects editor.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments

Sign up for email updates from the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

You have signed up for the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

Thank you for signing up
You'll receive e-mail when new stories are published in this series.
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Making family dinnertime happen
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
Play Videos
A veteran finds healing on a dog sled
Learn to make this twice-baked cookie
How to prevent 'e-barrassment'
Play Videos
Syrian refugee: 'I’m committed to the power of music'
The art of tortilla-making
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Circus nuns: These sisters are no act
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
Cool off with sno-balls, a New Orleans treat
Next Story
Terri Rupar · May 8, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.