NATO performs large-scale drill in Suwalki Gap — where Russia could make its first move if war broke out

In the driving rain, the men from 45 Commando jumped from their Chinooks and made for the cover of a small wood on the Polish-Lithuanian border.

Backed by U.S. and Polish troops, the British Royal Marines had landed in the Suwalki Gap for the first large-scale NATO defensive drill in the area, amid fears of European vulnerability to a Russian assault.

A slender 60-mile wide stretch of undulating rural land sandwiched between the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and Moscow’s ally, Belarus,...

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