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NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is an alliance of 28 countries of Europe and North America.


NATO’s basic goal is to protect freedom and security of all its members by political and military means and in compliance with the North Atlantic Treaty and the UN Charter. Ever since its establishment, the Alliance endeavoured towards a just and peaceful Europe based on the common values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.


The basic goals of NATO are as follows:

  1. Security:To ensure a stable Euro-Atlantic security environment based on the growth of democratic institutions and commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes.
  2. Consultations:To act pursuant to Article 4 of the Washington Treaty as the basic transatlantic forum for consultations between the Allies on all issues affecting their vital interests, including potential events that might pose a threat to security of individual members; and for harmonisation of their endeavours in the areas of common interest.
  3. Deterrence and defence:To defend NATO members and deter any threat of aggression, as provided for in Articles 5 and 6 of the Washington Treaty.
  4. Crisis management:To be ready on a case-by-case basis and by reaching consensus to contribute to efficient conflict prevention and active engagement in crises management, including the crisis-response operations, as laid down in Article 7 of the Washington Treaty.
  5. Partnership:To promote broad partnership, cooperation and dialogue with other countries in the Euro-Atlantic area, with the aim of promoting transparency, mutual trust and interoperability.