U.S. NATO Commitments Are Not Optional

The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania share borders with Russia to the east and south. After witnessing Russian aggression in Ukraine, the Baltic states are increasing defense spending—in the past year by an average of 18 percent. Membership in NATO came with the promise under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty that an armed attack against one member would be considered an attack against all members. As a consequence, members are obligated to exercise collective self-defense to assist members that are attacked. The United States should honor its treaty commitment to defend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and stand strongly against Russian aggression.

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