U.S. Warns ‘Full Force’ of NATO Would Respond if Russia Hits Poland

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National security adviser Jake Sullivan said NATO would respond even in the event of an accidental or unintentional strike by Russia upon Poland. Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES.

Russia-Ukraine War, Day 17. 

From Washington U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned of a full-fledged NATO response if a Russian strike were to hit member-state Poland, after an attack on a Ukrainian military base roughly 10 miles from the border.

Many Ukrainians in Lviv have fled to relative safety 0since the launch of Russia’s invasion. The city is also a transit hub for those leaving Ukraine.

“If there is a military attack on NATO territory it would cause the invocation of Article 5, and we would bring the full force of the NATO alliance to bear in responding to it,” Mr. Sullivan said in an interview Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” He was referring to the provision of the treaty that provides that if any NATO member is the victim of an armed attack, every other member will consider it to be an attack on all members.

The Russian airstrike, which killed 35 people near the Polish border early Sunday, came one day after Moscow warned the West that it would consider arms deliveries to Ukraine as legitimate targets.

Mr. Sullivan said the U.S. will continue supporting Ukrainian forces with military assistance.

He also reiterated President Biden’s vow that the U.S. and its allies will “defend every inch” of the NATO territory and would respond even in the event of an accidental or unintentional strike by Russia.

“All I will say is that if Russia attacks, fires upon, takes a shot at NATO territory, the NATO alliance would respond to that,” Mr. Sullivan said.

 

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said NATO would respond even in the event of an accidental or unintentional strike by Russia upon Poland. Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES.