Most NATO nations do not support the need for military defense of allies in the event of an attack by Russia – poll

In an average of 16 countries, 50% of those polled believe that their country should not protect its ally in the event of an attack by Russia, and 38% should.

Most citizens support the need for military defense of allies in the event of a hypothetical attack by Russia in only five of the 16 NATO member states, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

It is worth noting that only half of the 16 Member States surveyed – the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Britain and Lithuania – responded to a question whether their country should use military force to protect a NATO ally from a hypothetical attack by Russia, half or more answered affirmatively.

In an average of 16 countries, 50% of those polled believe that their country should not protect its ally in the event of an attack by Russia, and 38% should.

In addition, the belief that their country should respond to Russia’s hypothetical attack on its NATO ally has become less common in several countries over time. For example, in Italy, only a quarter in 2019 says that their country must protect its NATO ally, compared to four in ten in 2015. A similar decrease in this period occurred in Poland (-8 percentage points), Spain (-7) and France (-6). However, support for the defense of a NATO member has increased (+6) since 2015 in Britain.

Most of the 10 NATO countries surveyed believe that their country should not use force to protect a NATO ally in the event of an attack by Russia. This includes most in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Germany and Spain. In Poland, the sentiment was divided

Recall that on February 3, the US  announced  plans to send thousands of troops to Europe for NATO’s largest training. This will be the largest deployment of US troops in the region in the last 25 years. The training will be attended by 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries. They emphasize that they are not directed against any country, but should show a strong US commitment to NATO, freedom and security of Europe.

(c) Tyzhden

8 comments

  • As I said before, only countries that will fight Russia should be members. Time for wholesale expulsions, starting with Orbanistan, France, Germany, Austria and Italy. Filthy putinoid fucks.

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    • These countries can’t pick and choose which bits of NATO articles they want to abide by. When joining NATO, they had to sign article 5, knowing an attack on one, was an attack on all. Just wondering how many of these countries that wouldn’t help a fellow NATO member, would do if they got attacked by Russia?

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    • Don’t forget filthy Turkey!

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    • I think NATO needs to amend their unanimous consent policy. It’s not practical anymore. Perhaps just change it to a super majority. The charter should include stopping Moskali neo-imperialism and if they don’t agree, the country should have their membership knocked down to a lesser affiliation like Friend of NATO or put on probation and not allowed to vote.

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      • Replace Italy, Hungary, Germany and France with Ukraine. They can’t even pay their 2% to NATO, yet keep blabbering on about an EU army. I can just imaginme an EU military parade, white flags and broomsticks over the shoulder.

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  • They say a picture paints a thousand words, this one does just that. An image from the original article.

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  • Prince William of Orange

    I have never doubted the heroism of my country. Too bad our army is in a worse condition then when we fought Spain. And that is not good, given that that was over 400 years ago.

    I think it is sad news few countries want to fulfill their obligations, and I am very worried about the future of the Baltics. I think when there will be war, we lack manpower and equipment in that region, and I think few countries would fight for them.

    I think the most important question is: what will the U.S. do? Only the U.S. can give Russia a hard time. And honestly, I do not think Trump would protect the Baltics, and if he would attempt to, he will fail as I am pretty sure he wouldn’t even be able to find the Baltics on a map. If Putin tells him Estonia is a country in Africa, he would probably send his troops there.

    I do not think Trump is going to save the Baltics, and he will most likely say: “yeah but Europe isn’t paying enough”, which is a fair point though.

    I we will know soon, as I think Russia might attempt this if Trump gets re-elected. I can’t think of a better moment to strike: Germany and France are best buddies with Russia, the UK is mostly fighting itself, and furthermore, they also failed to respond to a nuclear and chemical attack by the Russians on British territory, so I do not think there will be much support to fight Russia (even though I do think Boris Johnson would want it.)

    I think if there will be war, it will be between now and 2024. I think it depends on the economic situation. If it gets worse in Russia, Putin will seek to divert attention from domestic problems to foreign policy. He got the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy and France in the position he wants them to be, which is either disfunctional, Pro-Russian or both. I think he can take the Baltics without any serious resistance. And Putin is old, so what does he have to lose?

    First Putin will take Belarus, probably without a shot, probably also to test the reaction by the West (which will be nothing as there is no war, few resistance, while there is a treaty to support it). Then the Baltics and then we are seriously in trouble.

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