Pentagon chief: NATO Article 5 ironclad, sacred; Russia is focus, China is challenge. Video and text. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Pentagon chief: NATO Article 5 ironclad, sacred; Russia is focus, China is challenge. Video and text.

The secretary emphasized that the United States’ commitment to Article 5 of the Washington Treaty establishing the alliance in 1949 — an attack on one nation is an attack on all — is “ironclad.” He echoed President Joe Biden’s words that this commitment is “a sacred obligation” to the U.S. government.

Deterring Russia is a focus of NATO, and the defense ministers approved a number of initiatives to improve the readiness and availability of forces and capabilities.

But the global security environment is changing, and the wind of changes blows from the east. China – while not a focus of any one part of the NATO ministerial – is a concern to the nations of the alliance.

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