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NATO uses Russian equipment in Bulgaria NEW

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Published on Aug 8, 2017

Member countries NATO — countries participating in the Washington Treaty of 4 April 1949, and those that later joined NATO in accordance with the "article 10" of the North Atlantic Treaty and by subsequent agreements.

All members of the North Atlantic Alliance is of 29 countries[1], five States are participating in NATO programs to expand the partnership, Serbia is negotiating to join the individual partnership action plan with NATO, and Finland is said about the possibility of joining NATO in the future. Member States of NATO is located on two continents — Eurasia and North America. During the existence of the Alliance completely, he never got off any state approx. ; France left the military organisation unit in 1966, returned to it in 2009.Membership criteria[edit | edit wiki text]
The member countries of NATO have agreed to adhere to the principles established by the Washington Treaty[3]. Countries wishing to join the Alliance, must undergo a multi-step process involving political dialogue and military integration and to meet certain requirements, namely:

to solve international disputes peacefully;
to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of the rule of law and human rights;
to peacefully resolve ethnic conflicts and external territorial disputes, controversial questions of domestic jurisdiction, in accordance with OSCE principles and with purpose, the desire to establish good neighbourly relations;
to establish appropriate democratic and civilian control of their armed forces ;
to refrain from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the UN;
to promote the development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions and by promoting stability and well-being;
to continue to provide full support and to participate in the Euro-Atlantic partnership Council, "Partnership for peace" and cooperation with the countries-partners who are not members of NATO;
to demonstrate commitment to consolidating stability and prosperity through the observance of the principles of economic freedom, social justice and responsibility for environment protection;
to make a contribution of a military nature in collective defence and in execution of the new challenges facing the Alliance, and also be ready to commit themselves to gradually improve their defenses;
properly participate in the work of agencies of NATO;
to strive for standardization and achieving interoperability;
to create through the national programme for the necessary structure for planning and execution of these military budgets that meet certain priorities for the defence sector and provide appropriate training schemes to familiarize staff with existing NATO practices and procedures in order to prepare for possible future participation in the structures of the Alliance;
to get acquainted with the appropriate legal arrangements and agreements that have guided NATO for security cooperation in the structure and the formal legal process prior to membership.

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