Amid tensions between NATO-member states and Russia in the Eastern Europe, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has underscored that the United States would abide by the Article 5 no matter what.
Article 5 of the alliance stipulates that any attack or confrontative gesture from any nation, targeting any of its member-states, is an attack against the alliance. The U.S.’ full-committal stance to the mutual defense agreement came amid rising tension in parts of Europe between the NATO and Russia, Euronews reported.
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“We are absolutely, thoroughly, 100 percent committed to our NATO obligations, including and especially Article 5. The fact that you occasionally hear something from a presidential candidate in the other party, it’s nothing [that] should be taken seriously, because I don’t even think he understands what Article 5 is,” Biden was quoted as saying by Euronews.
Biden issued the statement during his recent visit in the Latvian capital of Riga with other leaders in Baltic region. It can be recalled that tension in the Baltics has risen to an unprecedented level when NATO intensified mutual defense operations in the area by sending troops in countries that share borders with Russia.
Tensions in the Baltics
This, as previously reported by Morning News USA, angered Moscow, which in turn deployed four battalions of troops stationed in different parts of Eastern Europe in a bid to ward off the NATO forces. The enhanced cooperation was made between NATO allies, the United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania amid continued threat of possible aggressive attack from Russia.
According to a statement released by the White House, the U.S. has been providing military assistance to the three countries in a bid to improve its security infrastructure, strengthen national resilience, and build defense capacity.