Former secretary-general of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted that if Russia, China or any other adversaries attacked a NATO nation, they would then be “hit hard”. While speaking on TimesRadio, Mr Rasmussen argued former President Donald Trump had weakened the military bloc with scepticism surrounding Article 5. Article 5 says that if any nation of NATO is attacked, all nations within the organisation will see it as an attack on them.
He went on to praise President Joe Biden for reinvigorating the US’ support for Article 5.
He closed by warning that Russia and China would be hit hard if they were militarily aggressive with a NATO nation.
Mr Rasmussen said: “We cannot overestimate the damage.
“NATO was severely damaged by the comments made by President Trump.
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“He raised doubts about his commitment to the famous Article 5.
“Article 5 in the NATO treaty states that we consider an attack on one an attack on all and we will help each other.
“As soon as an American President raises doubt about that publicly, it will weaken the alliance.
“It will tempt Putin and other adversaries to test the resolve of the state and the alliance.
He added: “There is no doubt that Russia and China are listening.
“They do know that they are not threatened militarily by NATO.
“But on the other hand, they also realise that if they try and attack a NATO ally then they will be hit hard.”