NATO Chief: Cyber Can Trigger Article 5

March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — NATO leaders on Wednesday reiterated the alliance’s stance on treating cyber attacks against a member as an Article 5 issue, which would potentially draw a military response from the entire alliance.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a key alliance planning summit on Wednesday morning that “cyber is now a central part of virtually all crisis and conflicts, NATO has made clear that cyber attacks can potentially trigger an Article 5 response.”

Just last week, Stoltenberg engaged in a contentious back and forth with Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russia’s Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, at an event in Brussels when the Russian representative asked if NATO would bomb countries it suspects have been involved in cyber attacks.

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