Russia could invade Poland ‘overnight’, report claims

Soldier of the Polish Army sits in a tank as a NATO flag flies behind during the NATO Noble Jump military exercises of the VJTF forces on 18 June, 2015 in Zagan, Poland Sean Gallup/Getty Images


Russia could invade Poland “overnight” and easily overwhelm its Nato allies, a study has predicted.

“Even if Moscow currently has no immediate intent to challenge Nato directly, this may unexpectedly change overnight and can be implemented with great speed, following already prepared plans,” the Atlantic Council report warns.

“The capability to do so is, to a large extent, in place.”

The timing of the Russian invasion could not be predicted, the US-based think-tank report goes on to say, but the country could attack swiftly when Nato and Europe are “distracted by another crisis” or as a reaction to “misperception of Nato’s activities”.

The report, titled “Arming For Deterrence”, claims the Alliance would be slow to respond if Russia were to invade and Polish forces would need “to delay and bog down an invading force and inflict unacceptable damage” to buy time for reinforcements.

“Nato’s presence in the region is not currently large enough to achieve this,” the report states.

Full article: Russia could invade Poland ‘overnight’, report claims (The Independent)

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