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Russia doesn't have enough troops to cross Suwalki corridor - Colonel Grant

1 June, 2024 Saturday
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Retired British Army Colonel Glen Grant says that the territory of the Suwalki corridor is an extremely difficult piece of land, so Russia will have a hard time there

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He expressed this opinion in an interview with Antin Borkovskyi, host of the Studio West program.

"And having meetings with Belarus doesn't actually mean much because Belarus still doesn't have a substantial army. We're still talking about lots of gate guards and discotheque guards in quality. Okay, they will have some good soldiers, but nothing like the quantity of soldiers that Western countries have in Poland, Lithuania, not to mention the troops behind them in Sweden and Finland," commented the retired British Army colonel.

According to him, Belarus is not a serious player in this game, and if they really think about crossing the Suwalki corridor, they will have a hard time because it is an extremely difficult piece of land.

"I've written and said about it many times before. The very simple thing is, if Belarus does that, Belarus is at war. And that means all bets are off for attacking Belarus, which is surrounded by NATO and Ukraine. If Russians come out of the Suwalki Gap, they will need every soldier they've got there to come out of it. The American brigade will just go in the back, close the port, and capture all the air defense weapons. So Russia doesn't have enough troops to play this game," Glen Grant stressed.

  • On March 29, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Charge d'Affaires of Belarus Yaroslav Khmyl and handed him a note of protest. The reason for the protest was a recently published conversation between Lukashenko and a high-ranking Belarusian military officer, in which unfounded accusations of military threats to Belarus allegedly emanating from Lithuania were made. The conversation also included insinuations about the insecurity of the Suwalki corridor and instructions to prepare the Belarusian army for a possible confrontation with the Baltic states and Poland.
  • On April 21, joint Lithuanian-Polish tactical exercises with the Brave Griffin 24/II aviation element with the participation of the United States and Portugal were held in the Suwalki corridor.
  • On May 23, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's plane arrived in Belarus. On May 24, he held talks with self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
  • From May 27 to 31, Belarus held week-long aviation and air defence exercises with Russian participation.
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