Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Northeastern Poland at the border with Lithuania, formerly part of the Soviet Union.The 60-mile stretch of land known as the Suwualki Gap connects Poland and NATO countries to the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, January 2017.Timothy Fadek—Redux Pictures
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
US deploys more troops to Poland and Eastern Europe to defend NATO borders amid growing aggression from Russia
US deploys more troops to Poland and Eastern Europe to defend NATO borders amid growing aggression from Russia
US deploys more troops to Poland and Eastern Europe to defend NATO borders amid growing aggression from Russia
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
US deploys more troops to Poland and Eastern Europe to defend NATO borders amid growing aggression from Russia
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Preparations against PutinÕs next land grab, The Suwalki Gap: How a tiny 60-mile stretch of land in central Europe could spark a war with Russia.The United States is sending an increasing number of soldiers to supplement their NATO allies in Central a
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Life in the Suwalki Gap, Putin's next land grab
Northeastern Poland at the border with Lithuania, formerly part of the Soviet Union.The 60-mile stretch of land known as
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The Suwalki Gap: The Most Vulnerable Stretch of Land in Europe

Updated: Mar 19, 2018 2:14 PM ET | Originally published: Mar 15, 2017

The Suwalki gap is about 60 miles long, a stretch of land found on Poland's border with Lithuania. Its vulnerability could decide the fate of the Baltic states.

The land connects the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad with Belarus, known for being a Moscow ally. Its possible exposure to Kremlin control is a source of worry for U.S. officials, the Wall Street Journal reports.

If Moscow gained control of the corridor the Baltic States would, catastrophically, be cut off from other NATO allies. The U.S. will lead a deterrent force from April 2017 based at the Suwalki gap in an attempt to secure the area.

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