Russia recently moved its military for exercises near the Suwalki Gap where two NATO countries share a 40-mile long and heavily forested border. The border separates Russia’s ally, Belarus, and happens to be the location where European military is at its thinnest. With a major concentration of Russian forces on one side and a lack of protection on the other – not to mention natural cover in between – the Suwalki Corridor is the perfect place for Russia to make advances on the West. While NATO possesses 29 member states and significantly more military power than Russia, its forces are spread out and stationed hundreds of miles from potential battlefields. If it came down to another Cold War, NATO would be able to mobilize 17 battalions on the spot while Russia would be able to mobilize 25 across the Gap, proving a major vulnerability.
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