Chris Donnelly, former adviser to NATO Secretary General, currently on a visit in Lithuania, suggested on Wednesday amending the North Atlantic Treaty and activating collective defence not only in cases of armed attacks.
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"The changing world situation requires the members of NATO to re-address the Washington Treaty. And it can be brought up to today by simply removing one word from article 5: and that word is "armed," he told BNS.

Under the Washington Treaty, NATO countries agree to "an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all" and that other member countries would immediately assist the attacked country.

According to Donnelly, an amendment would allow activating NATO's collective defence in cases of a "hybrid war" which can manifest itself in cyber attacks or cuts to energy supply.

Several Western politicians have warned in recent months that Russia might try to destabilize situation in the Baltic states through provocations that come short of an armed attack.

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