If Lithuania or Poland demand the implementation of Article 4 of the NATO agreement, Latvia will support it, emphasized Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (JV).
He explained that in case the situation at the EU’s external border worsens, the convening of consultations under Article 4 of the NATO Treaty will be updated.
“Currently, the situation has not changed radically, so we will raise this issue at the beginning of the week. We are ready for that. We have close coordination with our Polish and Lithuanian colleagues. The countries are united in the understanding of how to act, “said Rinkēvičs.
Under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, any NATO member state may request consultations with other member states if it considers that its territorial integrity, political independence or security are threatened.
BNN has already reported that during the extended hybrid attack on the regime of the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, efforts have been made in recent months to send thousands of migrants from Belarus to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, most of them tourists from Iraq as tourists.
The EU has accused the Minsk regime of seeking to avenge support for the Belarusian opposition and of sanctions against Belarus in response to last year’s violent crackdown on protests.
In these circumstances, Polish Prime Minister Matthew Moravecki has stated that NATO must take “concrete steps” to resolve the migration crisis on the Belarusian border, so Warsaw, together with Lithuania and Latvia, could request consultations under Article 4 of the alliance agreement.