Vice President Kamala Harris confirmed that the United States will protect its NATO allies amid Russia’s unprovoked war with Ukraine.

What she said: “This is a moment that requires severe and swift consequences for Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Harris said during a news conference with Poland President Andrzej Duda, per USA Today. “What is at stake, this very moment, are some of the guiding principles around the NATO alliance.”

  • “The U.S. commitment to Article 5 is ironclad,” Harris said, mentioning the mutual defense agreement for NATO allies.
  • “The U.S. is prepared to defend every inch of NATO territory.”
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Context: Harris’ comments come one day after the United States rejected Poland’s offer to give the the U.S. Russian-made fighter jets to help Ukraine, according to Reuters.

The bigger picture: Harris called for an investigation of Russia for committing war crimes, expressing outrage after a Russian missile strike bombed a maternity hospital in the city of Mariupol Wednesday.

What she said: “Absolutely there should be an investigation, and we should all be watching,” said Harris, per The Associated Press.