“I think it is a very simplistic understanding of NATO, that it has no ramifications,” Paul said when asked about the Senate support for the accession of Montenegro to the alliance.
Paul, a strong critic of US foreign policy adventurism, argued that US officials “need to think these things through, that they aren’t as simple as ‘let’s put everybody in NATO.”
During a Wednesday Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the enlargement of NATO, Paul questioned witnesses from the Department of State and Pentagon on the possible negative consequences of expanding the military bloc to Georgia, Macedonia, Ukraine and other nations with strong historic ties to Russia.
"Because essentially if Georgia were in NATO right now, we would be at war with Russia, which is a significant —a big problem,” Paul said.
Moscow has repeatedly stated its strong opposition to the expansion of NATO, which has been increasingly conducting military exercises along Russia's western border with the specific aim of deterring Moscow.
The US Senate is scheduled to vote on the accession of Montenegro as a new member of NATO in the near future.