NATO Secretary-General has warned Russia that if Moscow’s attack on Ukraine spreads to other NATO member European countries, it will force an intergovernmental military alliance to take countermeasures.
Cyber attacks on NATO countries can also trigger Article 5, Jens Stoltenberg said.
NATO is currently focusing on “strengthening cyber defence” and support for Ukraine, he added.
“For NATO allies, we provide absolute security under Article 5 of the Washington Convention.
“An attack on one person is considered an attack on all,” Stoltemberg had said in February.
“And this distinction is clear because it is important to prevent even greater crises in Europe, where Russia challenges, threatens and attacks NATO’s allies.”
Multiple Ukrainian organizations were hit with a new wiper attack that deleted data on infected machines.
One of the primary aims of NATO, when it was founded in 1949, was to create a pact of mutual assistance to counter the potential risk posed by the Soviet Union.
According to Article 5, “if any NATO ally becomes a victim of an armed attack, every member state of the alliance will combine and engage in actions to assist the victim against the aggressor.”
“Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council.
“Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.”
Article 5 can only be invoked if Russia directly attacks any NATO member. As Ukraine is not a NATO member, the organization cannot take action.
The Epoch Times reports that Ukraine has applied for NATO membership but is yet to be approved.
Russia has vehemently opposed Ukraine joining NATO and had made it a condition for withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border before the war.