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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established by the United States and much of Europe after the Soviet Union (Russia) invaded parts of Eastern Europe after World War II. Use for questions about the organization and the politics surrounding it.

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Have any NATO countries publicly raise objections as being spied upon (by the US) in "Operation Triangulation"?

According to a story sourced to the FSB “The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, together with the Federal Security Service of Russia, uncovered a reconnaissance operation by American ...
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Is there a law that explicitly forbids ex-NATO members from rejoining if they left to avoid going to war because of Article 5? [duplicate]

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_110496.htm Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies. What prevents a member country to leave ...
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Why has Turkey attached the EU accession condition late?

Turkey could have attached the EU accession condition with Finish NATO membership. Why has it given Finland a free pass?
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What are the reasons for the French opposition to opening a NATO bureau in Japan?

It has been reported in the news that France vetoed the opening up of a NATO bureau in Tokyo (here, here, here). But it is not clear what all of the aspects of this situation are. Was there any ...
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What changes in the formal status of Russia's Baltic Fleet once Sweden joins NATO?

Now that Sweden has been accepted into NATO, the Baltic Sea is internal to NATO because its entire coast consists of NATO countries. Kremlin spokesman has been reported to say that the RF would "...
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What happens under NATO Article 5 if a state involved in a war (like Ukraine) joins NATO?

Why would Ukraine joining NATO at the present time not result in an immediate state of war between NATO members and Russia because of Article 5 obligations to defend a member state under attack? I ...
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Why do Poland and Lithuania push for NATO membership for Ukraine instead of sending troops to Ukraine directly?

Lithuanian and Polish presidents visit Kyiv, back Ukraine's path to NATO Lithuania and Poland are in favor of Ukraine joining NATO. Presumably, this is because they view it as NATO's duty to protect ...
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How would a neutral observer compare the presence of US nukes in Europe to the presence of Russian nukes in Belarus?

USA in Germany Germany has no nuclear weapons of its own, but it stores 20 or fewer U.S. B-61 nuclear gravity bombs at Büchel air base, and maintains a fleet of aging Tornado fighter bombers to ...
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Why does Russia see NATO as an aggressor when the Istanbul document signed by Russia grants each participant the right to chose its allies separately?

The Istanbul document was a declaration signed in 1999 by Russia and Ukraine. Its legal character is similar to that of the Declaration of Human rights. It contains the following paragraph: We ...
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What does Emmanuel Macron mean exactly when he said “We want allies, but we want to be able to choose them” in his recent speech in The Hague?

I can't find a transcript of the whole speech, so I can only rely on what I read in media. For example, the journalist Dave Keating says: President Emmanuel Macron is right now delivering a landmark ...
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Why does NATO accession require a treaty protocol?

Joining NATO is governed by Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states: The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of ...
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Will Finland have to ratify Sweden's NATO accession?

The original plan was for Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the same time. It has since become clear, however–due to opposition from Turkey and Hungary–that Sweden and Finland will not be joining at ...
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Which NATO countries sided with France in the 2020 Courbet frigate incident?

Back in 2020, according to French sources: the relationship between Paris and Ankara was severely affected by a serious naval incident on June 10, in which a Turkish vessel threatened a French ...
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How does the military decide if an unidentified flying object can or should be shot down or not?

According to NY Times, the military shot down a few unidentified flying objects after being visually confirmed: The U.S. and Canada are investigating three unidentified flying objects shot down over ...
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If Turkish parliament wanted to ratify the Swedish and Finnish NATO applications, when, between now and July 1, would it be able to do so?

If Turkish parliament wanted to ratify the Swedish and Finnish NATO Accession Protocols then when, between now and July 1, would it be able to do so? Considerations include the following: Parliament ...
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What is responsible for the "missing consensus" on donating non-Bundeswehr Leopard 2s to Ukraine?

From Reuters, about Leopard 2s for Ukraine German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said he could not say when there would be a decision on the tanks but Berlin was prepared to move quickly if there ...
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Once given, can a NATO member withdraw or cancel its ratification of an Accession Protocol for a candidate member?

The Accession Protocols to the Washington Treaty for Finland and Sweden have so far been signed by 28 of 30 NATO members. Once all NATO member countries have notified the Government of the United ...
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Why are European countries increasing their defense budgets if they are members of a nuclear-armed NATO?

Mirror question to Why would Russia care about NATO troops on its borders if it has nuclear weapons? Naively one would think that Russia should not worry about NATO because they have nuclear weapons. ...
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Would it be possible for NATO to intercept russian cruise missiles over the Ukraine from NATO airspace, and avoid becoming a party of the war? [closed]

In media reports and discussions, the impossibility of a no-fly zone was discussed since the current (2022) war in Ukraine started. Basically, a no-fly zone would entail NATO jets shooting down ...
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Why doesn't Turkey trigger NATO article 5 in response to the Istanbul bombings?

Turkey recently launched Operation Claw-Sword against Kurdish separatists that they say are responsible for the Istanbul bombing on 13 November. It is a solo operation however. Why doesn't Turkey ...
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Can the NATO Command sue for the nullification of the treaty of accession of Hungary for non-compliance on the 2% contribution requirement?

Mr. Orban, Hungary's political leader, seems to be trying to use Hungary's membership in NATO by threatening to vote to not approve Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to the alliance unless it gets ...
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Why didn't the US and allies supply Ukraine with air defense systems before the October strikes?

As was well covered in the media, the Russian war of aggression came into a new phase in October with strikes on the civilian energy infrastructure in Ukraine. I can understand why they're doing this ...
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Would Sweden and Turkey as members of the NATO be a sort of follow-up on the 1739 Swedish-Ottoman alliance against the Empire of Russia? [closed]

From Wikipedia, 1739 in Sweden Sweden form an alliance with the Ottoman Empire against the Empire of Russia. This is the first alliance between the Ottoman Empire and a Christian nation. (This last ...
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Has there been a judicial review of NATO's target selection in their bombing campaign against Serbia?

My question stems from the NATO campaign in Serbia in the 90s, a campaign that resulted in the bombing of marketplaces and hospitals, and in the destabilisation of the power grid. I could not find any ...
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Russia re-integration into the West possible? [closed]

After the Russo-Ukrainian war ends, what is the probability for Russia, or territories from former Russia, to re-integrate with the West (e.g. pre-Russian Revolution) and what steps would be necessary ...
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Hungary — What’s the rationale behind voting about not voting about Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO accession? [closed]

Today, the quasi opposition motioned the formal legislation to vote on a formal bill introduced outlining the ratification of Hungary’s sister states in the EU, Finland and Sweden to NATO. (This bill ...
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Has NATO recently threatened to nuke Russia?

In his 2022-09-21 speech (archived copy with https here), Putin referred to statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of ...
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Slovakia has been the first state to have not affirmed joining NATO of Sweden and Finland with magnitudinal majority — why?

There is still a chance (a substantial probability) that Turkey or Hungary would not even affirm it by supermajority or any majority at all given their pro-Russia stances, but so far, all other ...
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Had NATO tried all 198 non-violent protests in opposition to the Russian invasion, before resorting to arming Ukraine? [closed]

Had NATO tried every single non-violent protest method against the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine war prior to handing Ukraine arms? For example, it has yet to disclose the names of all known ...
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How do Ukraine aid levels compare to what was being spent on Afghanistan?

Seems like every other week we hear that Ukraine is getting some military aid. Or civilian aid. The numbers are fairly consequent, often $1+ billion on the US side. Other NATO countries also chip in....
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Did the United States break a promise to Russia when NATO moved eastward?

Did the United States break a promise to Russia when NATO moved eastward with new members? In 1990, President George H.W. Bush made a promise to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would &...
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Does any NATO country assume being under an "armed attack" if it suffers casualties due to a radiation leak?

As the title says, does any NATO country's defense doctrine identifies radiation leaks occurred elsewhere, but presumably causing casualties in such country, as an equivalent of armed attack against ...
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How is consensus enforced within NATO?

As NATO gets bigger, especially given the recent war in Ukraine, it would seem that it would get more and more difficult to maintain a diplomatic consensus, seeing as the more members there are, the ...
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Why didn't the US just complement Russia's security demands to avoid the invasion of Ukraine?

Shortly before the invasion of Ukraine happened, Russia sent its security demands to the USA. The USA rejected these proposals, and many people say they were unrealistic. However after reading the ...
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Is there any agreement between Putin and NATO?

This website has states that: On the 23rd of May, 2007, Putin signed an agreement (no 4100940-4) concerning the future intervention of NATO in Russia, in the event of civil disturbances, and natural ...
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How does NATO Article 11 pertain to Sweden and Finland accession?

There seems widespread consensus that all NATO member states must ratify the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, with the concern that Türkiye might still veto. Article 10 is ...
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Are there any signs that Russia intends to delay NATO's admitting Finland and Sweden by preparing for a military attack against Finland and Sweden?

Are there any signs / military observations that Russia is preparing for a military attack against Finland and Sweden to delay NATO's admitting Finland and Sweden?
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Why did (most of) the European NATO members support Ukraine's aspirations to joining NATO?

This article argues an alternative (maybe even complementary) view regarding the cause of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: (..) Russia’s security concerns are in fact genuine, and NATO expansion ...
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation? The key section of the treaty is Article 5. Its commitment clause defines ...
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What possible retaliation could Russia take against Lithuania for enforcing the EU sanctions?

Russia has today threatened Lithuania with retaliation after Lithuania enforced the EU sanctions blocking certain products from transiting Lithuania from Russia to Kaliningrad. Russia refers to this ...
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Was NATO military aid part of Russia's calculation for the invasion of Ukraine?

Was NATO military aid part of Russia's calculation for the invasion of Ukraine? If YES, did they put out any statement that proves that?
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Is NATO useful for military missions that are done by NATO-members, but not as NATO missions?

On the face of it, the question in the title seems banal: NATO members' armies practice in multinational maneuvers, have certain standards to allow their armies to integrate well with each other. So ...
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Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?

One of the most important reasons for Ukrainians being able to defend themselves against the Russian military is the weapons sent by various NATO / EU countries. However, it seems that there is quite ...
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What are the de facto advantages of Sweden and Finland joining NATO?

There is a plethora of news about Turkey opposing Sweden and Finland from joining NATO, suggesting that this will be quite a long process. Being part of NATO offers an important advantage (besides ...
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When and where was the parliamentary nadir for the 1999-2004 NATO expansions?

While it's easy to find the US Senate voting records for these NATO expansion treaties, it's been surprising hard (for me) to find much about parliamentary ratification of those expansions in European ...
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Was there a formal rebuke of NATO's expansion by the Russia Duma, before 2004?

The NYT took note in 2004 that parliamentary opposition to NATO's expansion was growing in Russia While Russia has resigned itself to NATO's expansion, albeit grudgingly, the reality of NATO forces ...
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What was the reason for extending NATO in the 1990s?

I know there are questions that might sound similar, but this is a completely different one. Firstly, I am using the word extending and not expanding. Secondly, the question is limited to a time ...
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Could a fast-track migration to NATO-2.0 be a solution to Turkey's veto for Finland and Sweden? [closed]

As you likely know Finland and Sweden have recently applied for NATO membership, in order to be protected from Russia in case they get attacked like Ukraine. But Turkey has announced that they will ...
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What are Turkey's objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO?

I was puzzled by this move by Turkey to block swift approval of Sweden and Finland to NATO Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday in another step toward the Western military ...
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Did Russia once want to join NATO? Does former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov refer to a serious interest in the past?

In CNN's April 15, 2022 He was once Putin's Prime Minister. Now he supports Ukraine after 05:30 former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov says (my transcription, no closed captions available): I'...
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