Why the Suwalki Gap plays a cricial role in NATO’s conflict with Russia – NATO General Breedlove
The Suwalki gap is a narrow strip of land stretching between Poland and Lithuania. If Russia and Belarus were to successfully invade and close it, the Baltic NATO-trio of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia would be cut off from its allies to the south. DW’s Teri Schulz talks about this with retired U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove. Breedlove was NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe when Russia staged its first invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and illegally annexed Crimea. Since his retirement in 2016, Breedlove has continued to speak out about what he believes is necessary to better protect NATO territory — and to help Ukraine regain its own.
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