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'Russia Loses Kaliningrad In This Case'

'Russia Loses Kaliningrad In This Case'

A well-known historian has revealed the possible outcome of Putin's venture with the Suwałki gap.

The presentation of the book "Belarus in NATO" took place in Warsaw's "East European House" (Dom Wschodni).

The discussion was attended by the leader of the European Belarus civic campaign, ex-presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, ex-minister of defence of Poland, former vice-president of the European Parliament Janusz Onyszkiewicz and the well-known Russian-American historian Yuri Felshtinsky. The moderator was Natallia Radzina, editor-in-chief of Charter97.org.

The participants of the discussion were asked about NATO's response to an attack from the territory of Belarus on the Suwalki gap. Will the Alliance troops enter the territory of our country in such a case?

Historian Yury Felshtinsky expressed the opinion that such an attack would mean that Russia would lose Kaliningrad:

"When I hear about the threat of the Suwałki gap being broken through, I feel like smiling, despite the tragic nature of the situation. Hitler, as we know, demanded from Poland a passage to Danzig. But even Hitler understood it was a stupid idea to force a corridor to Danzig. Because nothing could be more foolish than cutting a corridor along the Polish-Lithuanian border. Any corridor is easily cut, any column that breaks through a corridor is easily destroyed in modern warfare. This is an idiotic plan and the last thing I fear. I don't advise Russian troops to force their way through to Kaliningrad.

The other thing is that the Kremlin wants to come up with some political play around this. Putin brought up the Danzig issue in an interview with Tucker Carlson for a reason, saying that "Hitler asked the Poles to give a passage to Danzig, and the Poles refused, so Hitler had to start World War II." That's not even falsifying history, I don't even know how to call it.

However, I think Putin spoke about Danzig for a reason. He probably has some thoughts about pushing a corridor to Kaliningrad. In a way, I would even like to see this attempt made, as it would put everything in its place. In particular - Russia would lose Kaliningrad.

The result of this war will be that Russia will disintegrate. I am not one of those people who believe that the Urals will stand separately, Voronezh Oblast - separately, but some parts will fall away along national lines. First of all, Chechnya. I believe that the result of this war should be a revision of Kaliningrad's status, the Kuril Islands should go to Japan, and so on. The war that Putin has started will have great consequences for Russia.

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