Friday, Sept 19, 2008
The US Defence Secretary has told Sky News that another Russian attack on Georgia once it has joined Nato would result in an American armed response.
Robert Gates told Sky’s foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall that Nato’s charter would require it.
“I have been a very strong proponent of the view that Nato is a military alliance not a talk shop,” he said.
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“Article Five means what it says – so there is a commitment to go to the assistance of our allies if they are challenged.”
His comments came as the Russian Navy said the war in Georgia had shown the world that Moscow is once again a force to be reckoned with.
Its Black Sea Fleet has now returned to its base in Crimea in Ukraine – with the region becoming a new frontline in the stand-off between Russia and the West.
This article was posted: Friday, September 19, 2008 at 9:45 am