Moscow-Friendly Greece Could ‘Paralyze’ NATO

Moscow-Friendly Greece Could ‘Paralyze’ NATO

WARSAW — A Moscow-friendly Greece could paralyze NATO’s ability to react to Russian aggression, former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warned Wednesday.

Athens could use its veto to slow the alliance’s response if Russia set its sights on its Baltic member states, he told Poland’s Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

The Cold War-era hawk, who worked for president Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, said Poland too “could be a target” after Russia’s annexation of Crimea last year, as well as former Soviet states such as Moldova, Georgia and oil-rich Azerbaijan.

NATO’s Article 5 commits the 28-member alliance to respond collectively if a member is attacked, he said.

“But NATO is bound by the principle of unanimity,” Polish-born Brzezinski said, warning that the alliance “could be paralyzed for some time … namely by Greece, which is a friend of Russia and wields veto power.”

Greece’s radical left government is cultivating ties with Russia amid Athens’ scramble to avoid bankruptcy.

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