Attack on Turkish Flagged Ships in International Waters
Article 5 of the Nato Charter says:
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .
Turkey is a member of NATO. Last time it was evoked, the USA had suffered an attack; perhaps this time they can take the lead. Or does the fact that it was International waters mean that they can wriggle out of their treaty obligations despite this being arguably “European”?