NATO nations consider using Article 5 of the founding treaty

NATO nations consider using Article 5 of the founding treaty
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NATO leaders as a collective response to attacks in space Monday expanded the use of their all for one, one for all, mutual defence clause.

Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty states that an attack on any one of the 30 allies will be considered an attack on all of them. Now it includes cyberspace also.

A decision as to when such attacks would lead to the invocation of Article 5 would be taken by the North Atlantic Council on a case-by-case basis, they say.

Around 2,000 satellites orbit the earth and over half are operated by NATO countries. These ensur everything from mobile phone and banking services to weather forecasts.

Military commanders depend on some of them to navigate, communicate, share intelligence and detect missile launches. READ MORE HERE

Space in December 2019 was declared to be the alliance’s ‘fifth domain’ of operations by NATO leaders.

Moreover, many member countries are concerned about the increasingly aggressive behaviour in space by China and Russia.

NATO’s collective defence clause has only been activated once after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

President Joe Biden has been trying best to underline America’s commitment to its European allies and Canada.

Furthermore, Biden Monday said that Article 5 is ‘a sacred obligation’ among allies. “I just want all of Europe to know that the United States is there,” he said. “The United States is there.”

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