WORLD WAR THREE WARNING Russia could invade Poland ‘OVERNIGHT’ and NATO must be prepared, study warns
A NEW study has warned Russia could invade Poland ‘overnight’ at any time and NATO forces must be prepared to respond.
The aggressive foreign policy of a resurgent Russia under president Vladimir Putin has countries in the region on high alert after they annexed Crimea from Ukraine.
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Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles roll at Red Square, Moscow
The Atlantic think tank warns: “Even if Moscow currently has no immediate intent to challenge NATO directly, this may unexpectedly change overnight.”
It talked up the rapid speed of Russia’s military operations and warned Poland and its allies that they must be prepared and arm up as a deterrent.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during celebrations for Navy Day in the Kaliningrad region in 2015.
The report even suggests potential targets to hit in Russia if required, including the Kaliningrad and the Metro infrastructure in Moscow.
It recommends more US missiles be shipped to the region, and urges Poland to find a way to stop ‘fighting age men’ quitting the country to find work abroad, and join their military instead.
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Barack Obama has committed a US presence to the region
Earlier this month, US president Barack Obama announced plans to deploy 1,000 troops to the east of Poland.
It is the biggest escalation of hostilities in the region between Russia and NATO states since the Cold War.
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Russian Su-27 jet fighters and MIG 29 jet fighters
Ben Rhodes, the deputy US national security advisor, denied that the US was escalating tensions in the region.
He said: “What we are demonstrating is that if Russia continues this pattern of aggressive behaviour, there will be a response and there will be a greater presence in eastern Europe.”
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Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day Parade in the Red Square in Moscow
Britain is one of the 28 NATO members and also decided to make deployments this month to the region.
500 troops will be stationed in Estonia and 150 in Poland, and a further 3,000 will be put on notice for immediate action in the region if activity increases.