Russia has issued a stern warning, with President Putin threatening to deploy Wagner fighters in a potential invasion of Nato’s “weakest link” in Poland and Lithuania. The use of this private army could escalate tensions and potentially ignite a Third World War.
A prominent parliamentarian loyal to Putin appeared on state television, asserting that the Wagner mercenary group is fully prepared to launch an attack within a matter of hours from Belarus.
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The Suwalki Corridor, a vital 60-mile stretch of land along the Poland-Lithuania border, holds significant strategic importance for both NATO and the EU, as well as for Russia.
For the Western nations, the corridor represents the only land connection to the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, which are considered vulnerable to Russian aggression amid the prevailing tensions.
Conversely, Russia sees control over the corridor as crucial for establishing a land route between its Baltic Fleet’s main base in Kaliningrad and its ally Belarus.
Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov, a reservist and current MP who chairs the Russian parliament’s defense committee, highlighted the significance of the Suwalki Corridor in a televised statement.
He emphasized the readiness of the Wagner forces stationed in Belarus, stating, “There is such a place as the Suwalki Corridor. We need this Suwalki Corridor very much… A strike force based in Wagner forces in Belarus is ready to seize this corridor within hours.”
This audacious plan to secure the corridor aims at a sparsely populated region that has been identified as Nato’s vulnerable point, commonly referred to as the “Achilles heel” or “soft underbelly.” Due to its potential as the initial flashpoint in a Third World War scenario, the Suwalki Corridor is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous places on earth.
A Russian incursion into the corridor, supported by the state-backed Wagner group, would undoubtedly trigger Nato’s Article 5, invoking the collective defense commitment against Russian aggression.
Poland has been rapidly fortifying its military in response to the Moscow threat, and Germany plans to deploy 4,000 troops permanently in Lithuania as part of Nato’s efforts to enhance its presence in the Baltic states.
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Reports suggest that thousands of Wagner fighters have recently arrived in Belarus, following their failed mutiny three weeks ago. Additional sightings of Wagner troops on the move in Russia’s Lipetsk region, en route to Belarus, have been reported.
An agreement was reached to relocate the Wagner forces to Belarus after their mutiny was suppressed on 24th June, indicating the potential for renewed military activities and raising concerns about the stability of the region.
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