A chilling new 25-page document by the US-based Atlantic Council is now warning that Nato needs to do more to ‘counter a resurgent Russia’. The new document is warning that the Russians could invade Poland ‘overnight’ and the US needs to do more to beef up Nato defences in the area and send more missiles to the region to deter Moscow.

The document states that the timing of a Russian invasion could not be predicted but it could come as a result of Nato being ‘distracted by another crisis’ or as a reaction to a ‘misperception of Nato’s activities’.  The report goes on to emphasise that In order to invade Poland the Russians would need to go through Latvia and Lithuania, unless it was able to persuade Belarus – which is pro-Moscow – to give its troops free passage. Poland has traditionally been fearful of Russian invasion.