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Newsline: Diplomat says NATO would take action if Russia uses WMD

NATO Deputy-General Secretary Mircea Geoana said in an interview with The Associated Press that the group would respond if Russia used chemical or nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine. “NATO is a defensive alliance, but also it’s a nuclear alliance,” said Geoana, who is also the former Romanian foreign minister and ambassador to the United States. “If they will be using chemical weapons or other kinds of higher-end systems against Ukraine, this will be changing fundamentally the nature of the war that Mr. Putin has waged against Ukraine. “I can guarantee that NATO is ready to respond proportionately,” Geoana added. (https://news.yahoo.com/nato-official-says-alliance-forced-170509015.html) Geoana would not detail to the AP what those actions could be, but his comments come as Russian officials have refused to say that Russia won’t use chemical or nuclear weapons in its invasion. NATO countries have been providing humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine, but have refrained from implementing a no-fly zone or giving fighter jets as the alliance sees those as moves that gets the countries too directly involved in the fighting.

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