A recent Pew Research survey showed that many residents of NATO countries are willing to sacrifice one of the main articles of the North Atlantic Treaty, according to which an armed attack on one of the Commonwealth countries is equivalent To an attack on the entire block, writes.
The Pew Research center examined a hypothetical situation associated With an attack is not some abstract, namely With Russia. From the position of a number of NATO countries, Russia, as if it is aggressive and can attack a neighbouring country.
Putin in his own recent interview with the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera said: to imagine that Russia will attack a NATO country, only unhealthy people. In addition, the Russian President said that all actions of the Russian Federation Is only a response to dangers in her address To the same answer in a limited scale.
according to the results sociologicheskogo research has proved: in the case of a Russian attack on one member of NATO is an overwhelming number of respondents living in several countries of the Commonwealth would not want to answer a hypothetical attack by military means, although, according to the fifth article of the North Atlantic Treaty, would have been obliged to do It.
Most solve by force a "serious military confrontation" between Russia and the country member of NATO is ready Americans: about 56% of respondents favoured this scenario. The vast majority of Canadians, Brits and poles, too, are in favor.
However, the overwhelming number of respondents in France, Italy and Germany did not support the use of military force in case of attack on one of the NATO countries. For example, in Germany against such a scenario were made by 58% of respondents.
"We believe, because This is a real problem for the future of NATO. Moreover, We observe that Germany supports NATO in General have declined over the two years, From 59% to 55%, " the WSJ quoted one of the authors of the studies Katie Simmons.
"It certainly is a challenge for leaders who are trying somehow to cover up the differences between their countries. They will need to seriously work to bring the public To a common vision, " adds Simmons.
The wall Street Journal makes the following conclusion: despite the increased tensions between Russia and the West, the mood of the people now is far from a "virulent hostility" during the cold war.
Pew Research under the same sociologicheskogo studies have found out that the natives of which countries NATO support sending weapons to Ukraine. Most of this scenario is supported in Poland (50%) and the USA (46% of respondents) and the least in Germany (19%).