According to former President Trump’s national security adviser, President Biden’s rallying NATO members speech was ostentatious because the countries don’t provide enough military funding to protect each other.
“If you are not investing 2% of your GDP in defense, then some of your systems may not be able to fight in defense of the alliance when it is needed,” the retired lieutenant said. Gene. Keith Kellogg. told Fox News.
In Wednesday’s address to a group of Eastern European countries, Biden emphasized the importance strong and united NATO. The message comes shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country would no longer participate in the US nuclear treaty, days before the anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine.
LT. GENE. Kellogg: ARTICLE 5 NATO DEPENDS ON DEFENSE FINANCING ALLIES
SEE MORE FOX NEWS DIGITAL ORIGINALS HERE
Putin doubts that we continue to support Ukraine. He doubts whether NATO can remain united,” Biden said in a speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. “But there should be no doubt, NATO will not be divided and we will not tire.”
“Article 5 is a sacred commitment that the United States has made,” Biden continued. “We will protect literally every inch of NATO.”
Article 5 states that an attack on any NATO member is interpreted as an attack on all, requiring a joint response.
“Everyone seems to understand what Article 5 is,” Kellogg said. “An attack on one is an attack on all.”
Equally important, he said, was Article 3, which states that NATO nations must fund their defense well enough to protect themselves and the collective alliance from attack.
“They go hand in hand,” he said. “They are both important. They both rely on each other.”
IN 2014, NATO allies met in the Whales and pledged to try to increase defense spending to 2% of their GDP and 20% of that amount to upgrade their equipment over the next decade to comply with Article 3.
“Most countries haven’t done that,” Kellogg told Fox News. “So they didn’t really implement Article 3, which affected Article 5.”
FINLAND INTENDS TO JOIN NATO WITHOUT SWEDEN ON TERMS OF RESIGNATION FROM TURKEY
Kellogg said Biden’s message of a strong and united NATO seems empty, with about 20 of the 30 allied nations not ready to heed the call for help. He pointed to Germany, France, Spain and Italy as the least prepared.
“If you don’t reach 2% of GDP, you don’t have a military structure, a military that can support the rest of the alliance because they enforce Article 5,” Kellogg said. “They won’t be able to do it because they don’t have the strength.”
“It is very important that we continue to talk about NATO from the podium of hooligans, talk about their unfunded military institution,” he added. “President Trump has been doing this all the time and they have actually started increasing their defense budget.”
Apart from the US, which spends nearly 4% of its GDP on defense, Kellogg said, the Baltic states, Poland and the UK are most prepared to act quickly and effectively if Article 5 is invoked.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Despite Biden’s remarks, which sparked speculation about whether NATO would intervene Russian-Ukrainian conflictKellogg said he doesn’t see it happening anytime soon.
“It was a diversion because he didn’t come up with a plan to end this war, Kellogg told Fox News. “I want to know what the policy is to end this war. How are you going to do it? Explain it to the American people.”
“Instead, he uses rhetoric and talks about Article 5 and NATO, but this does not affect the fight in any way,” he said. “Russia is not going to join NATO. They have no way to even get to the western part of Ukraine, let alone attack NATO, and they are well aware that if Putin does this, Russia will be finished.”
To watch the full interview with Kellogg, Click here.