NATO's Weakest Link Prepares For War

The Baltic region is often referred to as NATO's Achilles' heel, partly because of its geographical location and its defense capabilities.

Forrás: V4NA2024. 02. 28. 17:19
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The Suwalki Corridor, allegedly the weakest link of NATO, is a narrow strip of land stretching approximately 65 kilometers between Poland and Lithuania. Belarus lies at one end of this strip, while the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is at the other, and a Russian attack could isolate the entire Baltic region.

Since the beginning of the Ukraine war, there has been a growing fear in the Baltic states that they could be next, writes the international V4NA news agency.

They will destroy Ukraine. And who knows what else? If Ukraine falls, everyone will realize that we are next. Putin will not stop. He cannot stop,

– Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said recently. So, Lithuania is preparing for war, according to German press reports.

In the past year and a half, Lithuanian authorities have established more than 3,300 shelters, for example in underground corridors or schools, but we still don't have enough. "The current emergency shelters can provide temporary refuge for over 900,000 people, which is almost a third of our country's population," the minister emphasized. Lithuania also wants to make sure that its citizens know where to flee and hide in an emergency.

The citizens of Baltic states need to practice not only how to seek shelter, but also how to protect themselves, which the next generation is already learning. Survival courses will prepare schoolchildren on how to administer first aid and use weapons. 

The Baltic countries want to join forces to build defense facilities on their borders with Russia and Belarus. The construction on a system of bunkers and defense lines is slated to commence in 2025.

Support for Ukraine is also an important element of the Baltic States' self defense, at least this is what they think. So far, Latvia has spent a total of one percent of its gross domestic product on this effort, Latvian PM Evika Silina said on Thursday.

Our message to the aggressor is clear: don't come here at all, because we will defend our country, each and every centimeter, together with our NATO allies,

– the politician told the Latvian parliament.

The Baltic states are also seeking to enhance their capabilities to counter hybrid attacks in the future. Last year, in Estonia, the car windows of the interior minister and a journalist were reportedly smashed, and monuments were vandalized, allegedly on Russian orders, although authorities have yet to establish a definitive Russian link.

 

Cover photo: The flags of NATO member states (Source: NATO)

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