The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, issued a stern warning today, stating that Russia is likely to attack foreign military bases in Ukraine if they are established. Medvedev dismissed the recent declaration of security guarantees for Ukraine by the European Union, calling it a "useless piece of paper".
He argued that the declaration allowed Kiev to enter into separate agreements with individual countries for various military purposes, including the establishment of foreign military bases on Ukrainian soil. Medvedev stated that Ukraine was told that it will not be admitted to NATO right now, because in that alliance they do not want a war with Russia, but there are no restrictions when it comes to relations with individual NATO members.
The key concern raised by Medvedev revolves around the interpretation of Article 5 of the Washington Agreement. "The troops stationed there will be deployed there to fight against us, will the allies, acting together, be ready to give a collective response to our country for the destruction of the base set up by a NATO member," Medvedev said.
Article 6 of NATO
Underscoring the potential consequences, Medvedev pointed out that an attack on a military base could trigger Article 6 of NATO's founding treaty, which refers to "an armed attack on the forces, vessels or aircraft of any member".
However, he clarified that the response does not necessarily have to be military or collective, leaving room for a number of possibilities. "Having said that, it is possible to either respond together or leave it to the owner of the bases located in Ukraine to decide for himself what to do, where the response may or may not include the use of military means.
So it should not be an illusion - it is "a wide hole" and the Bandera regime in Kyiv should keep that in mind," Medvedev said. Medvedev warned that the situation is not simple, and suggested that the Ukrainian government should be cautious and consider the implications.