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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  zepia on Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:52 pm

    Karl Haushofer wrote:
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    You should not laugh.

    If NATO/Lithuania really tried to take Kaliningrad I am about 50/50 for Russia not responding in any kind but just accepting defeat.

    I will laugh like a madman and your claims are so ridiculous like US being protector of the world.

    Lithunia couldn't do jack shit, they have no army. Lithunians themselfs are fools and live in a failed state with nazi parades believing in being western and russia is the enemy. Tell how could you defeat Kaliningrad with M113 tincans with people that have not clue how to even hold a gun?
    Of course Lithuania would not be able to take Kaliningrad by itself, but it can provide a base for NATO to lauch an attack against Kaliningrad.

    I don't think NATO will be invade Kaliningrad.
    They DO want war, but they DON'T wanna be the one who start it.
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  Godric on Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:31 am

    Karl Haushofer wrote:
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    Karl Haushofer wrote:
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    max steel wrote:   NATO is Ready to Snatch Kaliningrad From Russia – Lithuanian Media


    According to hackers who got into the system of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, the small Baltic country is getting ready to annex Russia’s Kaliningrad region.
    A group of hackers broke into the system of the main office of the Lithuanian Armed Forces late Wednesday and found out that the little Baltic nation has big plans — to snatch Russia's Kaliningrad region, Lithuanian news portal Delfi reported.



    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150611/1023226099.html#ixzz3d1gXZQxm


    Lol, they wouldn't be able to defeat Swiss Guard protecting the Vatican and they have just a few off them. Try to annex it, they will be vaporized by the ground forces and will get nasty little rocket up their rear called Iskander.
    You should not laugh.

    If NATO/Lithuania really tried to take Kaliningrad I am about 50/50 for Russia not responding in any kind but just accepting defeat.

    I will laugh like a madman and your claims are so ridiculous like US being protector of the world.

    Lithunia couldn't do jack shit, they have no army. Lithunians themselfs are fools and live in a failed state with nazi parades believing in being western and russia is the enemy. Tell how could you defeat Kaliningrad with M113 tincans with people that have not clue how to even hold a gun?
    Of course Lithuania would not be able to take Kaliningrad by itself, but it can provide a base for NATO to lauch an attack against Kaliningrad.

    and what do you think Russia's response will be to an attack on it's soil by Nato .... giant mushrooms all around ... do not poke the bear it has claws


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:24 am

    Karl Haushofer wrote:
    Werewolf wrote:
    Karl Haushofer wrote:
    Werewolf wrote:
    max steel wrote:   NATO is Ready to Snatch Kaliningrad From Russia – Lithuanian Media


    According to hackers who got into the system of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, the small Baltic country is getting ready to annex Russia’s Kaliningrad region.
    A group of hackers broke into the system of the main office of the Lithuanian Armed Forces late Wednesday and found out that the little Baltic nation has big plans — to snatch Russia's Kaliningrad region, Lithuanian news portal Delfi reported.



    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150611/1023226099.html#ixzz3d1gXZQxm


    Lol, they wouldn't be able to defeat Swiss Guard protecting the Vatican and they have just a few off them. Try to annex it, they will be vaporized by the ground forces and will get nasty little rocket up their rear called Iskander.
    You should not laugh.

    If NATO/Lithuania really tried to take Kaliningrad I am about 50/50 for Russia not responding in any kind but just accepting defeat.

    I will laugh like a madman and your claims are so ridiculous like US being protector of the world.

    Lithunia couldn't do jack shit, they have no army. Lithunians themselfs are fools and live in a failed state with nazi parades believing in being western and russia is the enemy. Tell how could you defeat Kaliningrad with M113 tincans with people that have not clue how to even hold a gun?
    Of course Lithuania would not be able to take Kaliningrad by itself, but it can provide a base for NATO to lauch an attack against Kaliningrad.

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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  iraqidabab on Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:22 am

    Secretary Says Air Force Could Send F-22s to Europe to Counter Russia

    Increasing tensions, heading to a dangerous path.
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:48 am

    iraqidabab wrote:Secretary Says Air Force Could Send F-22s to Europe to Counter Russia

    Increasing tensions, heading to a dangerous path.

    I'm sure they'll be scaring Russia when they're couped up in their hangars for maintenance...just the thought of maintaining those hangar queens would scare anyone!

    But in all seriousness, placing F-22's in Eastern Europe is sucking the air out the cockpit...err I mean room!
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  Book. on Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:16 pm

    Kalin artillery better most EU army

    good luck pwnd

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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:15 am

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    I GUESS NATO took it seriously



     Russia's Deceptively Weak Military

    Professional soldiers, equipped with the latest weaponry and body armor, quickly and efficiently seized Crimea. A rebellion, with “indigenous” rebels suddenly equipped with heavy weaponry and sufficient coordination, quickly metastasized into a full blown insurgency. New, modern and impressive equipment paraded before Moscow and the world in the largest Victory Day Parade since the fall of the Soviet Union.

    The recent activities and public displays of modern equipment leave the impression that Russia has begun fielding a first rate military again, commensurate with its aspirations of being a global power. The role and visibility of the “little green men” in recent months leave an impression of a well-trained and coordinated Russian military, increasingly equipped with state of the art equipment. The takeover of the Crimea peninsula was supremely impressive. It was well executed with professional units. The Airborne (VDV), Naval Infantry and Spetsnaz that were responsible for seizing the initial key points around Crimea were impressive not only for their coordination but their professionalism in the face of journalistic interest. The seizure of Crime was shocking both for the audaciousness of the Kremlin, but also in terms of military capability. Few realized that Russia had the capability to conduct an operation like Crimea. And with increasing concern over the potential return of fighting in Eastern Ukraine, the fears over a resurgent Russian military continue to menace.


    Beyond the public displays lays a more complicated view with more nuanced realities. While Russia has produced new technological toys (such as the Armata series tanks and armored vehicles), Moscow’s ability to pay and sustain modernization efforts leaves lingering doubts about a resurgent Russian military. Despite the almost ebullient hysteria surrounding Russia’s new equipment and capabilities, its military is still hampered by structural, economic and strategic constraints that not only limit its evolution and growth, but also threaten its current progress.

    The “New Look” modernization effort Russia began in 2008 has created two militaries; an elite (or more professional) force capable of conducting rapid, complex operations with generally modern equipment; and the rest of the military, which still relies upon conscription, mass mobilization and mixed levels of modern equipment.

    Even among the “little green men,” the outlook is far more mixed than the Crimea annexation would suggest. Most spetsnaz are actually conscripts on one year terms, although they do get the pick of the conscription call up. As Mark Galeotti notes, “the bulk of spetsnazovets may arguably best be compared with the French Foreign Legion, the British 16th Air Assault Brigade or the U.S. 75th Ranger Regiment, in that they are elite, mobile light infantry able to function in a range of operations and climates, and optimized for interventions, but not a 'Tier One' special operations force.” Moscow does retain around 500 tier one troops (equitable to Delta or Seal Team Six) in a separate force, which were utilized in seizing the Crimean parliament.

    And while the more elite units of the military are starting to embrace small unit independence and rapid deployment, the conventional Russian military continues to be influenced by the old Soviet structure of numerous under-manned units, pre-positioned with equipment to be brought up to full staffing levels during times of conflict. The drawbacks of this design were laid bare during the 2008 war with Georgia, where airborne units (VDV) were able to deploy faster from interior Russia than those units stationed in the Caucasus. The 2008 modernization effort sought to replace this unwieldy division structure with smaller, more agile and autonomous Brigades. Although, the efforts to reduce the reliance upon mass mobilization and undermanned units continue, this trend has been somewhat reversed as some divisions have been brought back.

    Remaining 2 pages you can read from the link




    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/russias-deceptively-weak-military-13059



    Surprisingly none of you paid attention to my second post .
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    Ultimate provocation against Russia: US will deploy their F-22 near russian borders ?

    Post  nemrod on Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:18 pm

    General Yuriy Yakubov, Russian Ministry of Defence spokesman said :

    The tactic of using the F-22 and other military equipment is the most aggressive step of [the] Pentagon and NATO since the Cold War last century,...

    It is clearly an act of war. Russia must react, and quiclkly against this barbaric north american regime. It is not admissible, Russia never threatened anyone, the US seed the shit everywhere in the world, it is time stop these bastards once for all.


    http://presstv.com/Detail/2015/06/17/416235/US-Air-Force-warplanes-Russia-border


    The United States is planning to send warplanes to Europe in order to stop Russia’s “aggression” in the region, says US Air Force Secretary Deborah James.

    Describing Moscow as “the biggest threat” in the region, James said it is “extremely worrisome on what's going” on in Ukraine.

    "I could easily see the day -- though I couldn't tell you the day exactly -- when the F-22, for example, rotates in is a possibility. I don't see why that couldn't happen in the future," she was quoted as saying by Military.com.

    Washington relations with Moscow are icy over the conflict in Ukraine. The Kremlin is accused of supporting pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

    The New York Times reported last week the Pentagon is ready to station heavy military equipment in countries on Russia's border to face a possible “Russian aggression.”

    Unnamed officials said the weaponry, which includes battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, was enough for as many as 5,000 American troops.
    On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an announcement following the Pentagon’s decisions for deploying more military equipment in Europe.

    Putin announced that his country would add intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year.

    “More than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles, able to overcome even the most technically advance anti-missile defense systems, will be added to the make-up of the nuclear arsenal this year,” Putin said.

    “If someone threatens our territories, it means that we will have to aim our armed forces accordingly at the territories from where the threat is coming,” he added.

    Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Putin’s announcement.

    "It does concern me," Kerry said. "Nobody should hear that kind of announcement from a leader of a powerful country and not be concerned about what the implications are."

    In an interview with Press TV over the weekend, American political commentator Stephen Lendman warned about Washington’s aggressive policies against Moscow, saying tensions with Russia may spark the flames of another world war.

    “This is a willful provocation along with previous ones, along also with repeated belligerent military exercises, provocative events, provocative things going on to literally try to get Russia, to do something stupid to provoke a confrontation that America could blame on Russia,” Lendman said.

    “The idea that America should continue theses provocations risk the possibility that we literally could have what I call the unthinkable another global war,” he added.

    below the other links about shits like CNN, and IBT

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-air-force-considers-deployment-f-22-raptor-fighter-jet-eastern-europe-1506502
    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/16/politics/air-force-f-22-europe/
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  George1 on Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:11 am

    Russia May Strengthen Military Force in Kaliningrad

    According to Russian lawmaker, Russia may reinforce its military presence in its westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad in response to the United States deployment of weapons in western Europe.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia may reinforce its military presence in its westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad in response to the United States deployment of weapons in western Europe, a Russian lawmaker said Tuesday.

    Earlier in the day, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed his country's intention to place 250 US tanks in seven Eastern European and Baltic nations.

    "This will be primarily reflected in the principle of the territorial quartering of our troops on the territory of our country, including, I think, the Kaliningrad region," First Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of Russian parliament's lower house Sergey Zhigarev told the Russian radio station Govorit Moskva.

    NATO increased its military presence along Russia's borders following accusations of Moscow’s interference in the Ukrainian crisis.

    Russia has repeatedly dismissed the allegations and stressed that military expansion toward Russian borders undermines regional security and escalates tensions.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150623/1023755973.html#ixzz3dvDEO58n


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:20 am

    If the US wants to act like dicks then Russia can play that game.... just look at the right buttons that the US responds to.

    Make, as a response to the movement of F-22s to Europe, the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad a very public issue, and hint that the next escalation will be the withdrawl from the INF treaty and mass production of cheaper more mobile IRBMs.



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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  Book. on Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:51 pm

    I hope f22 in eastern bloc

    easy target cruise missle Twisted Evil
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  Werewolf on Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:30 am

    Book. wrote:I hope f22 in eastern bloc

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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:20 am

    Europe’s Eighth NATO Radar Operational in Hungary

    The construction of a new 3D radio-radar at Medina in Southern Hungary began in October 2012. The facility is aimed at protecting the aerial space over all NATO countries.

    A new NATO 3D radar became operational Wednesday morning at Medina in southern Hungary, the country’s Defense Minister Csaba Hende announced.

    According to the minister, the new radar station will help protect the air space not only over Hungary but over all NATO countries.

    He added that the alliance has placed great hopes on the radar. This is why NATO funded 94 percent of the building costs and will continue funding for the next 18 years.

    The construction of the over 1 billion forints ($3.5 million) facility began in October 2012. The radar replaced the Soviet-made radio-radar equipment in operation since 1987.

    NATO representative Koen Gijsbers, in his turn, noted that the alliance has stationed eight radars of this type, including in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

    The new radar at Medina is the third 3D radar facility to control the aerial space of the country, after Bankut in the north and Bekescsaba in the south-east.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150715/1024646188.html#ixzz3fzdcB1fw


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:47 pm

    US to Deploy Heavy Weaponry in Latvia in Fall 2015 – Latvian Army Chief


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:38 am

    NATO halving Baltics interception patrols. I'd say that the have run out of suitable aircraft/manpower/money/political support for what is a pointless operation. We might have to wait a while for the headline in the Western MSM "Russia reduces threat, safe to cut aircraft patrols"

    Very good photo showing a NATO F-16/F-104 Starfighter/F-4 Phantom/Mig-29 formation.

    The NATO military alliance will reduce in September the number of planes patrolling Baltic skies on the lookout for Russian bombers by 50 percent amid a moderate decrease in Russian bomber and fighter jet incursions along alliance airspace in the region, a NATO representative told The Moscow Times on Wednesday.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/nato-to-halve-baltic-air-patrols-despite-rise-in-russian-intercepts/527057.html
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  GarryB on Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:08 pm

    Hahahaha... the funny thing is that most of the incursions into NATO airspace is actually in international airspace... what Russia should do is when they have reduced their patrol aircraft numbers... which they are clearly only doing to save money is to greatly increase their number of flights in those areas when NATO bleats about incursions.

    They will spend money to reduce patrols and then have to spend more money restoring them... Twisted Evil

    the more money the Russians can make the EU/NATO waste the better for Russia.


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:45 am

    US Marines, backed by tanks would be deployed in Bulgaria

    the game is going more and more serious..


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:48 am

    US Plan to Move Military Vehicles to Hungary Anti-Russia Provocation

    Situation in Europe is starting to remind me Reagan's first years


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:36 am

    US F-22 Fifth Generation Fighter Jets Seen in Skies Over Poland

    US Deploys Two Predator Drones to Latvian Air Base


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    Kaliningrad - the next point of conflict

    Post  franco on Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:34 am

    An interesting look at the Kaliningrad and the West's outlook;
    http://johnhelmer.net/?p=13999
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  max steel on Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:17 am

    Halt Plans for New Europe Bases


    Interesting read!
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  Militarov on Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:28 am

    [i]"Command of a US Army Brigade, is going to be located in Ciechanów, along with 200 units of equipment - as it was announced by Tomasz Siemoniak, Minister of Defence, who visited the city. This is one of the five locations for the US equipment storages, defined by an intergovernmental agreement between Poland and the United States of America. The remaining places, to which the US military hardware is going to be deployed, include Łask, Drawsko Pomorskie, Skwierzyna and Choszczno. Declaration regarding the location of the US Base and command of the brigade, was made during the Siemoniak’s visit to Ciechanow. The infrastructure is going to be created within the area which had been previously used by the disbanded 1st Artillery Regiment of the Polish Army. Around 50 buildings and area of 60 acres – these numbers describe the new US Army base in Poland. Ciechanów, besides the Łask Air Base infrastructure, the Land Forces Training Centre in Drawsko Pomorskie and the Military Infrastructure in Skwierzyna and Choszczno, is going to be a place where the US weapons storages are going to be placed, as it was defined by a memorandum between the governments of the Republic of Poland and the United States of America.

    Ciechanów is one of the locations where the heavy equipment of the US Army is going to be deployed. This constitutes a result of a long negotiation and consultation process. We want to provide the United States with the best proposals, and we want to carry out the adaptation works as quickly as possible, so that the base is active even before the NATO summit in Poland. Tomasz Siemoniak, Minister of Defence. Thanks to the memorandum, Poland is going to be one of the nations gaining benefits from the European Reassurance Initiative, announced by President Obama in Warsaw, last year. The US investment related to the military infrastructure in Poland is being realized with the relevant funds, allocated to the above-mentioned programme. Talks with some local companies have already begun. These businesses are going to realize the works, the aim of which is to customize the existing infrastructure, so that it is suitable to be used for the newly defined purposes."


    This is i belive the ex Polish Army facility they will use as a start:



    Source and the rest of the article: http://www.defence24.com/268215,us-brigade-command-unit-in-poland-will-be-established-in-ciechanow
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  Militarov on Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:31 pm

    Convoy of 36 USArmy Stryker vehicles crossed the border between Hungary & Romania.







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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  Militarov on Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:43 pm

    "The Lithuanian government said on Friday it would proceed with negotiations to buy 88 Boxer armored fighting vehicles in a deal worth up to 400 million euros ($439 million). The decision, where the Boxer was selected from a list of 12 suppliers that also included Swiss Piranha and American Stryker vehicles, came as the Baltic country moves to bolster its military amid tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis. “After this decision, the project of the largest ever defense purchase will move forward swiftly,” Lithuanian armed forces chief Jonas Zukas told reporters. Senior government sources told Reuters the value of the deal was expected to be no higher than 400 million euros.



    That would still represent is a big undertaking for Lithuania, whose total defense budget stands at 425 million euros this year. The Boxers are to be equipped with 30mm MkII guns and anti-tank system Spike-Lr, both manufactured by Israeli companies, the sources said. The Boxer is produced by the ARTEC consortium, a collaboration between Germany’s Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and German defense contractor Krauss-Maffei Wegmann."

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/lithuanian-military-chooses-88-german-boxer-armored-fighting-vehicles.html
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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  max steel on Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:40 am

    Army Commander: Russia Could Cut Off U.S., NATO Allies from the Baltics



    Putin has conducted military exercises and placed advanced missiles in Kaliningrad, near Poland and Lithuania.Russia could split NATO’s defenses by launching an offensive from the enclave of Kaliningrad near Poland, the commander of U.S. Army Europe warned this week.

    The Soviet Union annexed Kaliningrad—a territory sandwiched between Poland to the south and Lithuania to the east—after World War II. It has continued to be of great strategic importance for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who deployed short-range, nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles there in 2013 to counter European missile defenses.

    Russian military activity in the region has captured the attention of Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, Military.com reports:

    Hodges pointed to the “Suwalki gap,” a 60-mile sliver of flat terrain in northern Poland that runs east-to-west from Russian-ally Belarus to Lithuania and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, where Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed his most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles.

    Putin has ratcheted up tensions in the area with frequent, unannounced “snap exercises” of his military near the Suwalki region, combined with the construction of a new airbase in Belarus.

    “There’s never an observer there” when Putin calls a snap exercise, Hodges said. “We find out about them when they’re happening. That’s a threat, a concern that we have.”

    A Russian offensive in the area could cut off other NATO allies from the Baltic Sea and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia:

    A surprise thrust by the Russians through the Suwalki gap would cut off the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia—all NATO members—and the troops and weaponry already stationed in Kaliningrad could limit a NATO response.

    “They could make it very difficult for any of us to get up the Baltic Sea if we needed to in a contingency.”

    Russia is also challenging NATO’s periphery in Ukraine, where it has backed separatists in a conflict that has claimed more than 9,000 lives. The United Nations said this week that Moscow continues to funnel ammunition, arms, and fighters into the eastern part of the country.




    Russia Could Block Access to Baltic Sea

    Russia has moved ballistic missiles to and conducted nuclear strike drills from its Kaliningrad exclave, prompting Pentagon fears that Moscow could block access to the Baltic Sea.

    There is a “significant amount of capability” in Kaliningrad, including anti-ship weapons, air defenses, and electronic warfare equipment, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, said Wednesday.

    “They could make it very difficult for any of us to get up into the Baltic Sea if we needed to in a contingency,” Hodges said in a briefing at the Pentagon.

    Russia has conducted what NATO commanders call “snap exercises”: large-scale drills that are not announced and use sophisticated arms. When NATO holds drills of similar size, Russian observers are invited and typically attend. But NATO officials are not invited to Russian’s snap exercises held in Kaliningrad and nearby Belarus.

    “We find out about them when they’re happening,” Hodges said.

    For exercises in Kaliningrad, Moscow has deployed the mobile, short-range Iskander ballistic missile, Hodges said.

    “We have seen them do exercises where … there’s a nuclear strike,” Hodges said. “They don’t [say] gray land, and silver land, or red land, or stuff like that. They say ‘NATO is the adversary’ when they do their exercises. I mean, they’re pretty blunt about that.”

    Hodges said Russia has not conducted a full-scale drill to specifically block access to the Baltic Sea. “I haven’t seen one exercise that looked like a complete rehearsal for that,” he said, but “they’ve done lots of the components that would be required to do those various things in terms of air, maritime, [and] land forces.”

    Earlier this year, Russia warned Denmark that Danish ships could become nuclear targets if its government took part in a NATO missile defense project. Hodges called those threats an “irresponsible use of the ‘nuclear’ word.”

    “You can understand why our allies on the eastern flank of NATO, particularly in the Baltic region are nervous, are uneasy,” he said.

    Tucked between Poland and Lithuania, Kaliningrad is a strategic outpost for the Russian navy. The Russian air force also has a presence there. By blocking access into the Baltic Sea, Russia could prevent NATO forces from reaching its Baltic allies of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

    Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago, American forces have spent more time in Eastern Europe training with NATO allies. Those exercises are expected to continue in coming years, Hodges said.


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