Lithuania's Nauseda sees no need to invoke NATO's Article 4 yet

  • 2021-11-09
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Tuesday he sees no need to invoke NATO's Article 4 yet over the situation at the Belarusian border.

This article provides for consultations with allied partners over security threats.

"NATO's Article 4 is definitely a last resort measure, and we are definitely keeping it in our arsenal in case we have solid grounds to speak about the invocation of Article 4," the president told journalists on Tuesday after his meeting with Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte.

Article 4 calls for consultation over military matters when "the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened."

Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk urged to invoke this article for consultations with the Alliance on Monday.

Also, Nauseda urged to consider "very openly" all sanctions for Belarus, adding that sanctions should not be "having no impact on the regime" or could be "ignored".