On his Facebook page Dmitry Tymchuk writes that naive Europe and NATO countries think they can resist the hybrid war unleashed by the Russian Federation. But they are profoundly mistaken, Joinfo.ua reports.
"The naivete of the Europeans does not cheer up. A Spanish journalist asked me during the interview: "Do you really admit that Putin can attack the Baltics?" (Meaning that they are NATO members, and what an idiot will dare to attack NATO?)
I answered: "Even with the annexation of Crimea, it took the West nearly six months to realize that Russia had something to do with the events in Ukraine (and not as an aggressor, but the country "supporting" illegal armed troops in the Donbas). With such a treatment, even if Putin starts a hybrid war against the Baltics, by the time NATO recognizes what is happening, the Russian generals will be long drinking vodka at the Town Hall Square in Tallinn.
The overall conclusion is simple. Washington Treaty, the base agreement for the NATO with its famous Article 5 (On Collective Security) is a document of the last Cold War. That is a thing of the past. It will be applied only in the event of open aggression. In the context of Putin's hybrid wars Washington Treaty can be folded into the shape of a fig leaf and cover the private parts of Manneken Pis in Brussels. Since today its effectiveness is quite conventional. Thank God, the Baltic countries (as opposed to the main part of the European NATO countries) seem to understand this," Tymchuk writes.