Denmark Warns Russia May Attack a NATO Country.
Denmark’s Defence Minister issued a stark warning on Friday, suggesting that recent intelligence points to the possibility of Russia launching an attack on a NATO member nation within the next three to five years. Troels Lund Poulsen emphasized that while there’s no direct threat to Denmark, Russia’s significant advancements in military equipment production raise concerns.
Poulsen stated, “There’s a plausible scenario where Russia might challenge Article 5 and NATO’s solidarity within the next few years, a notion that wasn’t prevalent in NATO’s assessments just last year. This emerging understanding is cause for heightened vigilance.”
Highlighting Russia’s ongoing conflict with Ukraine, now surpassing 700 days, Poulsen’s sentiments echo those of German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, who recently advised NATO to prepare for a potential Russian aggression within the next five to eight years.
NATO’s Article 5 stipulates that an attack on any member nation is considered an attack on all members, warranting collective defence measures. This principle underscores the importance of readiness and unity within the alliance.
In response to these perceived threats, NATO has initiated its most extensive military exercises in years. Dubbed Steadfast Defender 24, these drills involve around 90,000 personnel and aim to demonstrate NATO’s capability to defend its territories, including those bordering Russia, in various operational scenarios.
The exercises, scheduled to run for several months until the end of May, simulate a range of conflict scenarios with a focus on countering near-peer adversaries like Russia and combating terrorist organizations. NATO’s evolving defence strategies reflect the shifting geopolitical landscape and the need for a robust response to emerging security challenges.