What is NATO Article 4 and what does it mean if Poland activates it

What is NATO Article 4 and what does it mean if Poland activates it

After the two Russian missiles that fell in its territory – on which an investigation is still underway to clarify what exactly happened – Poland is essentially reflecting on the possibility of activating article 4 of the NATO treaty. “Polish President Andrzej Duda has just finished speaking with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – they report from Warsaw – We are verifying the premises of Article 4 of NATO. We are in contact with our allies and expect talks with the American side.” But what does this article provide? Obviously, this is not the most famous – and fundamental – article 5 of the North Atlantic treaty, but it is a precondition for its activation. Reads like this:

Article 4 The parties shall consult each time that, in the opinion of one of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of one of the parties is threatened.

This is, in fact, a precondition for Article 5 to be activated, which – we recall – can only be requested by Poland, a country which, depending on the outcome of the investigation into the two fallen missiles, could be considered under attack. In the meantime, the government in Warsaw has decided to increase the level of readiness of the army, the Polish executive explained.

“Spoke to President Duda about the explosion in Poland – the NATO secretary confirmed on Twitter – I offered my condolences for the loss of life. NATO is monitoring the situation and Allies are closely. Important that all facts are established”.

What article 5 of the NATO treaty says

Article 5 of the NATO treaty, on the other hand, provides that – in the event of an armed attack against a member country – this will also be considered an attack against all the others. And text reads: