What does the NATO Treaty say if a member country is attacked?

What does the NATO Treaty say if a member country is attacked?

According to American intelligence, the Russian missiles that hit Ukraine on Tuesday also fell in Poland, leaving two people dead.

Poland is a member of NATO. But what does it mean if a NATO member country is attacked?

The NATO Treaty, Article 5 provides that if a NATO ally is the victim of an armed attack, any other member of the Alliance shall regard this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and take action which he considers necessary to help the attacked ally.

“The parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against all of them and consequently agree that, if such an attack occurs, each of them, in exercising the right of collective or individual self-defense recognized by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, shall assist the Party or Parties attacked in this way by immediately undertaking, individually and in coordination with the other Parties, those actions that considers it necessary, including the use of armed forces, to restore and maintain security in the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall be immediately notified to the Security Council. Such measures shall end when the Security Council has taken the necessary measures to restore and maintain international peace and security,” states Article 5.

A senior American official has confirmed reports that two Russian missiles fell in Poland, a NATO member state, causing the death of two people, the Associated Press news agency reports.

He declared about the attack under conditions of anonymity due to its sensitive nature.

The spokesman of the Polish government, Piotr Müller, has not directly confirmed this information, however he has indicated that the leaders of the state are holding an urgent meeting as a result of a “critical situation”.

While according to the British tabloid, Daily Express, the rockets fell in the Polish city of Przewodów, which is on the border with Ukraine.

Police, prosecutors and the military are reportedly already on the scene, while the Polish armed forces are said to be on full alert.