#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 07 – Those who want to return to Cold War times and attain tighter consolidation of the NATO states over Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington are taking upper hand in the alliance. Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington is the basis for NATO fundamental principle of collective defence – Russian Envoy reported to (Tass).
Recently it was reported that NATO representatives do not rule out that additional military forces, particularly a 4,500-strong brigade from the US military base Fort Hood, may be deployed in Eastern European countries.
Alexander Grushko believes that this “would definitely ruin the system of commitments for military deterrence that are fixed in the Russia-NATO basic act. Certainly, if these steps are taken, they will require from us tougher security measures.”
What does Article 5 mean?
Article 5 is at the basis of a fundamental principle of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It provides that if a NATO Ally is the victim of an armed attack, each and every other member of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and will take the actions it deems necessary to assist the Ally attacked.
This is the principle of collective defence.