US general: Russia can easily cut the US allies in NATO from the Baltic

Russia could easily split the defense to NATO launched an offensive from the bridgehead in the Kaliningrad enclave, close to Poland, warned this week the commander of US ground forces in Europe.

After the Second World War, the Soviet Union annexed the territory of modern Kaliningrad region, squeezed between Poland and Lithuania to the south east. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives this region of great strategic importance, so Russia deployed there in 2013, tactical short-range missiles “Iskander”, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, to suppress the European missile defense system.

The actions of the Russian military in the region attracted the attention of the commander of the US Army in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, reports

Hodges pointed to “Suwalki Corridor”, a 60-mile strip of flat ground in the northern part of Poland, stretching from the eastern borders of Russia’s ally Belarus, west to Lithuania and the Russian enclave, where Russia has placed the most modern anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems.

Such actions have increased tensions in the region, exacerbated by frequent conduct of Russian military exercises in the area of ​​sudden settlement of Suwalki, as well as construction of a new air base in Belarus.

“In these exercises never attended by observers - said Hodges. - We learn about them only when they are already. This we consider a threat to us.”

The offensive of the Russian troops from this bridgehead may cut US allies in NATO from the Baltic Sea and the Baltic states - Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

“That they could greatly complicate the solution of the problem for us on the Baltic Sea in the event of unforeseen circumstances.”

Russia also creates problems for the NATO forces on its eastern flank in the Ukraine, where Moscow supports to the conflict pro-Russian separatists, which has claimed the lives of over 9000 people. The United Nations said this week that Moscow continues to supply ammunition, weapons and manpower to the east of Ukraine.

14 December 2015

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