Russian President Vladimir Putin.                                                                                              Picture: TASS/Barcroft Images

Russia’s air force has been ordered to prepare for a “time of war” by its armed forces supreme commander.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “snap check” of the country’s armed forces, according to defense minister Sergey Shoigu. Air defence systems are set to be deployed, he revealed.

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As well as checking whether agencies and troops are ready for battle, the same order will ensure that systems are ready to fight, according to state news agency TASS

According to TASS, the defence minister said: “In accordance with the decision by the Armed Forces Supreme Commander, a snap check of the Aerospace Forces began to evaluate readiness of the control agencies and troops to carry out combat training tasks.”It comes during heightened tensions with Nato countries, and Putin has been publicly increasing his military strength in recent months.

The preparations come during heightened tensions with Nato countries and other world superpowers. Putin has been publicly increasing his military strength in recent months including the launch of the biggest Arctic military push since the fall of the Soviet Union, last month.

The defence minister said battalion task groups and tactical teams of ground troops had started to ‘take steps in order to improve their interaction’.

Fighter pilots have been practising solitary exercises as well, he stated.