NATO meets today after Poland’s call for Article 4
March 4, 2014
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski
As threat of Russian military intervention in Ukraine mounts NATO allies will hold on Tuesday another round of emergency talks after Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski pushed on Monday for convening the North Atlantic Council in relation to the situation in Crimea.
Poland wants NATO to urgently convene the North Atlantic Council under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty allowing any ally to consult with the others if it feels its security, territorial integrity or independence are under threat, the president said after a meeting of the National Security Council (RBN) which brings together Poland’s prime minister, foreign and defense ministers and leaders of opposition parties.
President Komorowski said that it is Poland's role to show that Russia has been violating numerous norms of international law and international obligations concerning Crimea, and to take steps convincing the West to take firm actions,
The EU should present a decisive stance as far as far as economic and political sanctions are concerned, Komorowski said.
The president also said that Poland should take steps "which could make NATO a tool serving good stabilization in Ukraine".
Talking on the phone to the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, interim President Oleksandr Turchynov on Saturday, Polish President said Poland was ready to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine and particularly in Crimea, the Kiev Post reported.
"We are ready in the future to facilitate the stabilization of the situation in Ukraine and particularly in Crimea," Komorowski was quoted by the Kiev Post .
Asked by reporters about a possible military threat to Poland Komorowski said "Poland is safe. The crisis to its east doesn't pose a threat in itself, but it threatens the international order to the east. Decisions must be made with this in mind," Komorowski said.
US President Obama has repeated his pledge to protect Poland from Russian aggression, Komorowski told reporters referring to
a Sunday phone conversation of both leaders.
"The U.S. president confirmed the security guarantees for Poland. The two leaders condemned the escalation of Russian actions in the Black Sea Crimean peninsula," presidential minister Jaromir Sokolowski told PAP Polish news agency.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said over the weekend that the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a threat to Poland which has borders with Russia and Ukraine.
"Poland must approach with utter seriousness the decision of the Federation Council on the motion by President Vladimir Putin to allow a military intervention in all of Ukraine's territory, which potentially means also near the Polish border," President Komorowski said.
Poland's defense ministry said Monday there is no reason for the Polish army to react to the situation in Ukraine, as local media reported troop movements within Poland because of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
The ministry denied the reports, saying troops were moving as part of routine training exercises.