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NATO ‘not obliged' to assist Ukraine, German ambassador tells kids

Added 10-03-22 05:37:04am EST - “Germany's envoy to NATO has told a youth magazine that NATO won't support Ukraine more actively as it's not a member of the military bloc” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “NATO ‘not obliged’ to assist Ukraine, German ambassador tells kids”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Germany’s permanent representative to NATO has explained to a youth magazine the military alliance’s position on the Ukraine conflict, and the extent to which it is prepared to back Kiev.

On Saturday, Dein Spiegel, the youth version of Der Spiegel magazine, published an interview with Germany’s envoy to NATO, Ruediger Koenig.

The Ukraine conflict dominated much of the article, with Koenig describing Russia’s decision to launch its offensive against its neighbor in late February as a watershed event.

“We had peace, and now we see all of a sudden that one country is attacking another one just like that, in Europe,” the official said, adding that no one could have imagined anything like that.

Germany’s representative to NATO stressed that the military alliance as a whole, however, has no legal obligation to help Kiev repel Moscow’s attack as Ukraine is not a member state. This means that Article 5 of NATO’s treaty cannot be activated, the official explained. Under it, an attack on one ally is considered to be an attack against the whole of NATO, with all member states having to stick up for the targeted nation.

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