Matthew Simmons – Defence Correspondent
“An attack on one is an attack on all” is the overriding message of Article 5, a keystone of NATO. In a press conference held earlier this afternoon, senior spokesperson Laura Shipp wanted to reassure the public that this would not necessarily lead to military action.
There have been confirmed sightings of Russian jets and ships around Bornholm, with a 15mile exclusion zone having been breached. This has lead to Article 5 being passed, with JFC increasing their readiness levels around the Baltic.
Despite this, there remains NO ESCALATION TO MILITARY ACTION. Rather, both spokespeople were clear that the solution will be diplomatic.
More to follow.