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NATO troops hold drills in Poland's Suwalki Gap

Robert Besser
28 Nov 2022, 05:33 GMT+10

KLUSY, Poland: NATO forces held drills in the Suwalki Gap, a sparsely populated area of Polish territory between Belarus and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on November 25.

The area in northern Poland is important because its takeover by Russia would isolate the Baltic states from the rest of NATO.

"As part of these drills there were exercises that... were formulated based on our experience and observation of the battlefield in Ukraine," said Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. "We know what methods Russia uses and what methods (of defence) are effective," he said, as quoted by Reuters.

Poland has been building its armed forces in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and plans to raise defence spending to 3 percent of gross domestic product.

NATO's TUMAK- 22 exercises involve 2,000 soldiers from land and air forces, along with combat and logistical support equipment.

The drill saw dozens of Polish and allied soldiers cross the water with military vehicles on amphibious transport, while U.S. troops in Abrams tanks simulated pursuing the enemy.

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