We have no information about specific threats from the Wagner Group to Poland and other NATO allies, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday. He assured that the United States would defend the territory of Poland and the entire North Atlantic Alliance.
Asked during an online briefing about the number of Wagnerians that are stationed at BelarusUS National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said he could not provide “accurate information” about them or their locations, but according to the White House, some of the mercenaries moved to Africa, others stayed in Ukraine“not taking an active part in the fighting”, and “another part moved to Belarus”.
– We are not aware of any specific threats posed by the Wagner Group to Poland or any other allies FOR THISand of course we’re watching it closely,” Kirby said. – Of course, we are obliged to fulfill Article 5 (Washington, North Atlantic Treaty) and as the president (USA Joe Biden), to defend every inch of NATO territory. But again, there is no indication that the Wagnerians pose such a threat to the Alliance, he added.
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America will be considered an attack against them all and therefore agree that if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercising the right to individual or collective of self-defence recognized under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties attacked by taking without delay, alone or in concert with other Parties, such measures as it deems necessary, including the use of military force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area .
Kirby said Tuesday that the White House agrees Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nationswhich on Monday said any Wagnerian attack would be regarded by the US as an attack by Russia.
“This rhetoric is irresponsible and reckless.”
A spokesman for the National Security Council also condemned the former Russian president’s subsequent nuclear threats Dmitry Medvedevwho warned that Moscow would be forced to use nuclear weapons if Ukraine regained its territories annexed by Russia.
“This rhetoric is irresponsible and reckless. The use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine – or anywhere else – would be catastrophic for the world and would have dire consequences for Russia, the spokesman said.
At the same time, he added that despite closely watching the movements of the Russians in this area, the White House sees no signs that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons and sees no reason to change its own deployment of weapons.
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