Frequently Asked Questions - Would Scotland provide forces to NATO as part of a collective defence (Article 5) operation?
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Yes, subject to our domestic approval arrangements. As a NATO member, Scotland will support collective defence operations (Article 5 operations), in accordance with the UN Charter, where a member of the alliance is the subject of an armed attack.
In order for NATO to invoke Article 5, each member state must be in agreement. It is for each member state to decide and agree what role they take in any military response. No member state is compelled to take part in such operations.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.