Washington’s readiness to provide support to its NATO allies on the eastern flank using Article 5 of the NATO Charter amid Russia’s buildup of troops on the border with Ukraine was announced by President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
“Mr. Sullivan reiterated U.S. support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Article 5 and underscored the United States’ readiness to support our Eastern Flank Allies as they defend their countries,” the White House said in a phone conversation between Sullivan and Poland’s National Security Bureau Chief Pawel Soloch.
Article 5 of the NATO Charter provides that an armed attack on one or more member countries of the alliance will be considered as an attack on all members of the North Atlantic Treaty.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed the situation around Ukraine with the Director of the National Security Bureau of Poland Paweł Soloch and the head of the International Policy Bureau of the Office of the President of Poland Jakub Kumoch over the phone as the White House reported.
“…Mr. Sullivan reiterated U.S. support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Article 5 and underscored the United States’ readiness to support our Eastern Flank Allies as they defend their countries,” the message says.
On December 23, the U.S. government sent a message to Russia that if it doesn’t change its attitude towards Ukraine, Washington and its NATO allies may take exactly those steps that Russia is worried about – in terms of NATO’s close presence in Eastern Europe.
[A] conversation between Poland’s Paweł Soloch and Jakub Kumoch, on the one hand, and America’s Jake Sullivan, on the other, took place via telephone on Monday [December 27]….
The talks explored “the directions of a NATO response” in the event of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The Polish president’s National Security Bureau (BBN), which is headed by Soloch, tweeted that the discussion followed up on US President Joe Biden’s remote meeting with Duda and other leaders from the Bucharest Nine (B9) group of countries earlier this month.After that get-together, America’s Sullivan held talks with B9 national security advisors in mid-December.
The Bucharest Nine is a Polish-Romanian initiative launched in 2015 that aims to help exchange views and coordinate positions on the security of NATO’s eastern-flank countries. It brings together Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, and Slovakia.