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Expert: bogs and narrow roads make Latvia easily-defensible

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia and Baltic States in general are perfect for military defence, believes Potomac Foundation president Philip Karber. He is a teacher at Georgetown University and a hired military consultant for Latvian Defence Ministry.

Even if Russia were to attack Latvia, it would not gain any success in hours, days or even weeks, Karber said in an interview to De Facto programme.

Karber’s opinion opposes opinions previously expressed by other organizations and experts, who said Latvia and Baltic States are tough to defend. For example, RAND Corporation had previously said Russia’s military could reach Riga within 60 hours.

«You can’t bring a tank from the Russian border to Riga in 60 hours, because others will try to stop you. You live in this country. There are bogs, forests, and the roads here are narrow. The area here is the best suited for defence in Europe,» – Karber said.

He did add that without NATO reinforcements, good mobilization and war machines, it would not be possible to defend Latvia for long.

«To attack Latvia, they [Russia] would have to bring in more forces from Belarus. It is something they did in Zapad military exercises, which included scenarios of attacking Baltics and Poland. Relocation of those forces to Belarus requires time. If NATO member states just sit there and watch, this major force can take territories very quickly. If governments respond to these movements made by Russia, pull in reserves and reinforcements, it will not be an easy fight for Russia,» – Karber added.

In one of the simulation games played by Karber’s organization against Latvia’s armed forces, Latvia tried defending its territories on its own. The National Guard, which was posted to defend Vidzeme highways and other areas was reduced to 20% of its forces in a couple of days. Russia’s forces, on the other hand, remained above 90% active.

In the third simulation game involving NATO reinforcements and increased presence of mechanized units in Latvia, Russia suffered defeat.

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