It seems that things have not cooled down yet for Russia and the US ever since suspending bilateral talks last month following the military intervention of Moscow in Syria. Since then, fears of World War 3 have been threatening the entire globe with the two superpowers consistently demonstrating their military might to each other.
One key location that has been identified by analysts is the NATO perimeter of the Suwalki Gap which is a 60-mile stretch separating Poland from Lithuania linking Russian Kaliningrad with ally Belarus. According to speculation, depending largely on Putin’s temperament with the moves of NATO and the US, this is where a shootout, or even World War 3 could start.
A visit by US Vice President Joe Biden to Latvia in August seemed to also show the urgency and volatility in the area having met the presidents of the three Baltic states- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to assure their support.
“We have pledged our sacred honor … to the NATO treaty and Article 5,” said the US vice president vowing that an attack on one NATO nation is an attack on all. “You occasionally hear something from a presidential candidate. It’s nothing that should be taken seriously, because I don’t think he understands what Article 5 is.”
And Russia has not taken the moves of the US and NATO lightly sending nuclear capable missiles to Kaliningrad last month. Despite claiming that this was just part of a military exercise, it has been deemed as a threat by the allied nations of NATO.
“The deployment not only increases tensions in the region, but also possibly violates international treaties which limit deployment of ballistic missiles of range of over 500km,” Lithuania foreign minister Linas Linkevičius told reporters. “This is a usual Russian tactic: escalate tensions, create a discord and then expect concessions elsewhere. I would like to hope that this will not work this time.”
The US, meanwhile, has reportedly planned to deploy 6,000 soldiers to be stationed along the NATO frontier in Eastern Europe to counter the growing aggression of Moscow. By spring of 2017, these soldiers along with other military supplies will be sent to the Baltic, with hopes of discouraging any further moves by Russia and thereby cool down the fears of World War 3.
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