NATO may disregard its mandatory requirement of not having any territorial disputes for its new members, said the leader of the Essence of Time movement, political scientist Sergey Kurginyan on March 30 on the Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov program on Russia One channel.
In the past, NATO membership for a country with unresolved territorial disputes was impossible, noted the political scientist. Now, NATO officials “repeatedly make it clear” that it’s no longer an obstacle.
“If they lift this requirement, then Georgia, Ukraine, and others would receive certain chances to gain membership. At least, this prerequisite is no longer an obstacle,” stressed the political scientist.
Article 5 of the NATO treaty is a collective obligation to protect alliance’s members, reminded Kurginyan.
“If they grant NATO membership to Georgia or Ukraine, then an Article 5 can be immediately applied in regards to Abkhazia and Ossetia, Crimea, or in the case of Donbass,” said the leader of the Essence of Time movement.
As the Rossa Primavera News Agency reported on March 25, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance is prepared to use Article 5 of its charter in response to “aggression using other means than conventional military means.”
At the same time, the alliance’s chief stressed that the organization will use the Article 5 when it deems it necessary. The Article 5 of the NATO charter provides for a collective response in the event of an armed attack on NATO member countries.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency