NATO’s Response to the Russia- Ukraine conflict

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Eva Fischer, Writer

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a military alliance between 28 European countries and two North American countries. Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the organization.

NATO was created as a result of World

War II. According to the website, its purpose is to “deter Soviet expansionism, forbid the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American presence on the continent, and encourage European political integration.”

The most prominent article (5) of this treaty states that if one member were to be attacked it would be perceived as an attack on all of the members. This means, should Ukraine join NATO, it would be forced to get involved with the Russia-Ukraine conflict. For this reason, United States leaders among other world leaders are hesitant to send troops. Leaders believe Putin will be reluctant to continue to expand into NATO territories due to Article 5. 

As of right now, NATO members have sent supplies to Ukraine. Troops have also been sent to their member countries in the area such as Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Latvia. United States president Joe Biden has consistently reinforced that America will send troops and supplies to NATO allies for security, but will not be getting involved in the conflict. Currently the US is sending most of its troops to Germany.