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The map of NATO has undergone important changes over the last 20 years with the addition of several former Communist countries. This year's recently concluded NATO exercises for the first time focused on defending the Baltic countries -- Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania -- by preserving the narrow land corridor known as the Suwalki Gap that physically connects Lithuania and the Baltics (which became NATO members in 2004) to the rest of NATO via Poland (which became a NATO member in 1999). The complication? As this map shows, the Suwalki Gap lies between Belarus and the highly militarized Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. www.stratfor.com/sites/default/files/styles/stratfor_large__s_/public/main/images/belarus-kaliningrad.jpg
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