Cyber attack by Russia in relation to the Baltic countries must be countered "a comprehensive NATO military response," said Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Joinfo.ua reports referring to The Times. He believes that NATO has to be prepared for both nuclear and non-nuclear attacks as well as "an assault on its computers".
"If you frizzle power stations, what's the difference between that and a rocket attack? Shutting down a country with a cyberattack would be very difficult but not impossible. If you did that, why wouldn't that be a case for Article 5 action?" the leader of Estonia asks.
According to Article 5 of the NATO Charter, an attack against one or more countries of this military-political bloc will be regarded as an attack against the whole alliance.
Ilves negatively spoke of such countries as Greece, Italy, Hungary, and Cyprus, who were calling for the lifting of sanctions against the Kremlin. Estonian President called these states "useful idiots" of Vladimir Putin in the European Union, because they violate the unity of the EU and act in the interests of the aggressor.
Ilves said that the lifting of sanctions should be the result of a sharp change in Putin's policies.
"OK, he may stop shooting people, but he's still there and he's occupying territory," said the President.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves also said that some European politicians, were probably afraid of his straightforwardness, came up to him and asked, "So what do you want to do – bomb Russia?" But, as Ilves says, he has no desire to bomb Russia.
It should be recalled that recently the Defense Ministry of Estonia refused to communicate with the Kremlin propagandists channel Russia Today.