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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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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation? [closed]

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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To what extent do Scandinavian countries support the Kurds (PKK and YPG)?

Turkish President Erdogan is opposed to Finland and Sweden's inclusion to NATO because of their alleged support of the PKK. He said Scandinavian countries are "guesthouses for terrorist ...
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What happens with Ålands demilitarised status when Finland joins NATO?

In May 2022, Finland announced its intention to apply for NATO membership. Assuming Finland becomes a NATO member, what does that mean for Åland? Åland is an autonomous and demilitarised region of ...
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Is signing security pacts with other countries within the UK government powers?

On May 11th 2022, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed security pacts with Sweden and Finland. Is this something the Government could do without passing any legislation through Parliament and ...
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Is the Baltic Sea considered included in the area covered by the NATO treaty?

Article 6 of the NATO treaty specifically mentions the Mediterranean Sea, but not the Baltic Sea. So do NATO countries consider an attack on their aircraft or vessels in the Baltic Sea, but in ...
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In 73 years has there really been only one occasion where NATO's article 5 applies?

The September 11, 2001 attack on the US remains the only time NATOs article 5 has been invoked. But during the existence of article 5 has any NATO country suffered a significant qualifying attack (see ...
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Would Finland's joining NATO be a violation of the 1947 Treaty of Paris?

Articles like this one by the Atlantic Council suggest that Finland and Sweden are going to join NATO and give up their neutrality. However would Finland's joining NATO not violate the 1947 Treaty of ...
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How does US Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (ret) get to a "Look, you're attacking NATO... and we're going to consider our options to attack" scenario? [closed]

In CNN's April 5 2022 'The Russians are gone': What this image says about Russia's strategy after about 03;26 US Army Maj. Gen. (ret) Paul Eaton says (my best-effort transcription, there are no closed-...
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How could the past NATO expansions in Eastern Europe be seen as justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022?

Rumors are that in Italy parts of the public opinion are accepting the view that the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 was justified by a previous NATO expansion. What are the (given) arguments (...
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Could NATO accept a new member who is at war?

Could NATO Accept a new member who is at war? There are many reasons why NATO would not want to accept Ukraine as a new member state right now. The most prominent reason being the perception that this ...
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Which territories exactly trigger the joint defense clause as defined in article 6 of the NATO charter?

The best-known article of the NATO charter is article 5 that defines that an attack on any NATO country should be considered an attack on all of them. But article 6 sets some geographic limitations ...
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Was Russia correct in claiming that Ukraine's NATO membership was imminent given that Ukraine has disputed borders? [duplicate]

As pointed out in this Washington Post article, before joining NATO all applicant states are required to resolve their territorial conflicts. Given that Ukraine has a disputed territory (Crimea) since ...
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How does China see the Ukrainian crisis?

From Politico's report on the discussion between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping What the US should do is to seriously reflect on its role in the Ukraine crisis and the part it has played, effectively ...
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Are there any polls on what those supporting a "no fly zone" think it entails?

Thanks to Ukraine's successful PR campaign, instituting a "no fly zone" is currently a popular talking point in the US. But as explained in What would setting up a no-fly zone by NATO over ...
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If Russia is careful not to attack NATO countries, will occupation of west of Ukraine by USA end the war? [closed]

NATO countries are very careful to not attack Russian forces in Ukraine. The main rationale given for this is "Russia has nuclear weapons. Attacking Russian forces might lead to a nuclear war.&...
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Why is the president of Ukraine giving up on NATO membership this early in the war?

I'm puzzled by the recent statement of president Zelensky about giving up hopes of being a NATO member. Isn't the case for NATO membership stronger than ever? Why would he give up already? Wouldn't it ...
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Is an attack on the leader of a NATO country whilst outside NATO considered an attack on NATO, and thus a trigger to Article 5?

Leaders of 3 NATO countries are going to Kyiv to meet the president of Ukraine. Parts of Kyiv are currently under missile and artillery attack from Russia. If one or more leaders of a NATO country are ...
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Would a (nuclear) strike that hits an NATO member state embassy/extraterritoriality in Ukraine be considered a (nuclear) strike against NATO?

The NATO website has an article about Collective defence - Article 5 which reads The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an ...
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Why did Russia allow the baltic countries to become part of NATO? [duplicate]

The reason for Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine is supposedly their attempt to prevent Ukraine joining NATO. At least, this was what Putin was asking for assurances about in the weeks/months leading ...
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What is the Russian code of procedure if a NATO missile strikes Russia by an accident? [closed]

India fires missile into Pakistan after ‘technical malfunction’ The above news says that India accidentally fired a supersonic missile into Pakistan. The most probable reason would be a technical ...
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Why does Ukraine not simply agree to Russia's demands? [closed]

All Russia seemingly want is for Ukraine to remain neutral and not join NATO or EU. Why does Ukraine not simply agree to these demands? If the only (realistic) options available to Ukraine are: ...
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Has Ukraine ever considered being neutral after the collapse of the Soviet Union?

This article that was written a few weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine suggests that Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the idea of Ukraine's neutrality following Finland as a model: During the tense ...
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What is the public evidence about Russian claims concerning US promising non-expansion of NATO towards it borders? [closed]

During the recent 2022 conflict in Ukraine and the diplomatic talks preceding it, the Russian government kept saying that there were promises made by the US and the west that NATO would not expand ...
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Why can't Russia stop Ukraine from joining NATO by signing a treaty with a friendly NATO state?

One of the core demands that Russia is making on Ukraine is that Ukraine enshrine neutrality, thereby permanently refraining from joining NATO. In other words, one of the reasons Russia went to war is ...
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What is the basis for the Western leaders to believe that harsh economic sanctions will not lead to a nuclear war with Russia eventually?

It is clear at the moment that no Western countries will send troops to Ukraine or set up a non-fly zone in Ukraine because they worry that will lead to a WWIII. But Putin already said Western ...
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Would a potential Russian attack on Starlink satellite be considered an attack on NATO member?

Does NATO consider an attack on a satellite in space as similar to attacking the country in which the company is registered?
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What would setting up a no-fly zone by NATO over Ukraine actually mean?

Zelensky has recently requested NATO to set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine hoping to reduce the bombing and NATO rejected this request. The main reason provided for this was not dragging the alliance ...
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Can Ukraine cede territory to a NATO country for a limited duration, by presidential decree? [duplicate]

A suggestion was posted to Reddit that Ukraine could cede all of its lands except for one city to a NATO country for 20 years, effective from the time of signature, which would render 98% of the ...
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Why doesn't U.S. use "strategic ambiguity" on whether or not to send troops to Ukraine just like they do for the Taiwan situation?

United States has been using strategic ambiguity on Taiwan Strait issue by not clearly saying whether they would aid Taiwan with U.S. troops should Mainland China attack Taiwan, which intimidates ...
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Why is Ireland not part of NATO?

The Republic of Ireland is a part of EU and shares similar security considerations as European countries in the North Atlantic theatre. It shares cultural and economic ties with most of the NATO ...
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Why doesn't any nuclear power country which is supporting Ukraine hand them a Nuclear Bomb?

Some 25 nations were on the call and all said they would continue to contribute aid, some saying for the first time their support will include lethal assistance. NATO was also represented. In addition,...
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Did anybody expect Russie to invade? [closed]

Russia have always stated that Ukraine into NATO was a "red line" issue. It doesn't seem like that statement was respected, and now here we are, with Russia invading Ukraine. My question is, ...
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Why is Cyprus not a part of NATO?

Cyprus has a very credible military threat from its North and also hosts NATO bases. It also shares very strong cultural ties with Greece (a NATO member). What is the reason for Cyprus not joining ...
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Was negotiating with Russia regarding Ukraine's NATO membership such a bad idea? [closed]

Russia's declared critical issue for its invasion of Ukraine is NATO membership. One week before Russia's invasion of Ukraine the US administration declined to put Ukraine's membership in NATO on the ...
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What happens if a single NATO country like Poland decides to send troops to help Ukraine and gets attacked, would Article 5 still be invoked? [duplicate]

It's pretty clear that NATO does not want to get militarily involved in the war between Russia and Ukraine. However a NATO country like Poland or Romania could still decide to send in troops to defend ...
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Why didn't Ukraine and NATO simply pretend to agree to Russia's demands? [closed]

Russia have invaded Ukraine to prevent their admission into NATO. Prior to the invasion, Russia made it clear that they wanted assurances that this would not happen. Why didn't NATO and Ukraine just ...
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Would NATO intervene in case of an attack outside of Europe and North America?

Today during a special session in the Spanish parliament about the Ukraine war, Santiago Abascal (VOX) claimed that NATO wouldn't defend Ceuta or Melilla if they where attacked. Those two are ...
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How is current Russian invasion of Ukraine different from what USA has done in past multiple times so that it has resulted in this much protest? [duplicate]

I see almost everyone protesting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It includes the USA too. But the USA has a history of invasions or wars which also resulted in civilians deaths and violated human ...
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What are the conditions of NATO Article 5 invocation?

If a NATO member nation flagrantly and unjustifiably provokes attack by various means, can that nation then invoke Article 5? Or does that become a choice for each other NATO member nation to decide ...
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