Sen. Warner says NATO-Russia conflict would be ‘uncharted territory’ : NPR

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., does a tv interview earlier than the beginning of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s election night time rally on Nov. 2, 2021 in McLean, Va.

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., does a tv interview earlier than the beginning of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s election night time rally on Nov. 2, 2021 in McLean, Va.

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Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., is cautioning {that a} main cyberattack in opposition to Ukraine might have attainable ripple results on close by NATO members – and drive NATO allies to come back to their protection.

Warner made the feedback Thursday afternoon in an interview on NPR’s All Issues Thought-about.

“When you shut down Polish hospitals as a result of they can not get energy to maintain their individuals, you are quickly approaching what might be seen as an Article 5 violation of NATO, which principally says in the event you assault one NATO nation – and Poland is a NATO nation – the entire remaining 29 nations want to come back to their help,” he stated. “We’re in an uncharted territory.”

Warner stated he believed the Ukrainian individuals would proceed to combat again in opposition to the Russian invasion and type an “insurgency,” which might be tougher for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces to counter.

“It is once more one factor to knock out a authorities. It is one other factor to combat an insurgency led by the Ukrainian individuals throughout all of this captured territory,” he stated.

Warner stated the U.S. must assist the insurgency however do it in a means that might keep away from a direct battle with Russia.

“We have managed to maintain the peace for 80 years. Vladimir Putin has violated that. He has to pay a worth. However we do not wish to default this to [a] NATO-Russia battle,” he stated.

Nonetheless, Warner stated that publicizing U.S. intelligence about Russia’s plans in Ukraine – equivalent to the truth that Putin supposed to make use of a false flag operation to justify an invasion of Ukraine – helped unite allies in opposition to the Kremlin.

“We now haven’t solely America and NATO, we have now nations like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia all weighing in with sanctions, as nicely,” Warner stated. “Matter of reality, the one person who I’ve heard that is come to Putin’s protection within the final 72 hours has been the previous president of the US, which is fairly gorgeous in my thoughts.”

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