A rocket fell in Poland… Statements exonerating Russia and new data on their source | news
Identical sources today revealed new data on the missile that slammed into Poland yesterday, claiming casualties, after the incident prompted accelerated reactions within NATO while Moscow denied it had attacked Polish land.
Reuters quoted a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) source as saying US President Joe Biden had told partners in the Group of Seven and NATO that the blast in Poland was caused by a Ukrainian missile.
For its part, the French press agency quoted the Belgian defense minister as saying that the Ukrainian missile interceptor system was behind the missile’s crash in Poland.
Earlier, the Associated Press quoted US officials as saying that preliminary results indicate the missile was launched by Ukrainian forces to intercept a Russian missile.
The Ukrainian authorities announced yesterday that Russia had fired nearly 100 missiles on its territory, stressing that the Russian missile attack on power plants was the largest since the beginning of the war.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was quick to accuse Russia of being behind the attack on Polish lands and pointed to earlier Russian missile launches at Moldova, while his adviser Timofey Milovanov told Al Jazeera his country would provide evidence the missiles fell on Poles were Russians.
NEW: The video shows the immediate aftermath of the rocket hit in Poland, which killed 2 people pic.twitter.com/EOR1MbS3uo
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On the Indonesian island of Bali, where the G-20 summit is being held, US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that preliminary information indicates the explosions happened yesterday in the Przevodau region of eastern Poland, about 12 kilometers from the Removed border with Ukraine and killed two people, not reported, caused by missile fired by Russia.
Following an emergency meeting with a number of leaders from the Group of Seven and Group of 20 attending the Bali summit to discuss developments in Poland, Biden said: “Initial information does not support the missiles being of Russian origin, and this does not mean that we have closed the investigation; we must await the completion of the full investigation.”
NATO and Group of Seven leaders attending the G20 reiterated their support for Poland’s investigation into the fall of a missile on its soil and agreed to intensify communications to determine the appropriate next steps.
French President Emmanuel Macron, for his part, said his country stressed the need to exercise extreme caution about the source of the missile that fell in Poland.
Poland had increased the vigilance of its military units after announcing the launching on its territory of two missiles allegedly belonging to Russian forces, while the Polish presidency quoted President Andrzej Duda as saying his American counterpart said he would send American experts to do the work to support their Polish colleagues.
Reuters quoted the Polish president as saying his country had no concrete evidence of who launched the missile that landed on its territory, but the missile was most likely a Russian industry, as he put it.
The Polish Presidency stated that talks had taken place between the Polish President and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Duda had spoken to his US counterpart Joe Biden as a review of the decisions of Article IV of the NATO Charter was underway .
The White House said that during his talks with the Polish President, Biden reiterated the United States’ firm commitment to NATO and offered the United States’ full support and assistance in the investigation.
Article IV of the North Atlantic Treaty states that any NATO member country that feels threatened by another country or terrorist organization has the right to request the initiation of formal consultations with member countries to determine whether the threat exists, and to determine how to meet it while unanimous resolutions are reached.
The incident of a missile falling on Poland triggered a diplomatic alert within NATO and a state of solidarity with the NATO member country.
NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg intends to hold an emergency meeting for ambassadors of member states today, Wednesday, to discuss the missile accident in Poland.
On Wednesday morning, US President Joe Biden held an emergency meeting with leaders of Washington’s allies and participants at the G20 summit in Indonesia.
The meeting was attended by the heads of state and government of the United States, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom.
In the same vein, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had spoken to Polish Prime Minister Matusz Morawiecki, expressing his solidarity with his country and adding that Poland could count on France to help with the ongoing investigation.
📷🇵🇱 An explosion occurred in the village of Przewodów near the Ukrainian-Polish border. Police and army arrived on site and investigations are ongoing. Whether or not it is related to today’s Russian missile attack remains to be seen.#UkraineRussiaWar pic.twitter.com/u5d7ohkihX
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The Russian mission to the United Nations said on Wednesday that the facts indicate that Russia had nothing to do with the missile launches on Polish territory.
The Russian Defense Ministry yesterday denied allegations of targeting Poland, calling it a “deliberate provocation” to spread fake news about Russia, according to the official TASS news agency.
The agency added that Russia has not fired missiles at targets near the Polish-Ukrainian border and that images of the destruction circulating on social media and some news outlets “have nothing to do with Russian weapons.”
While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had no information about an explosion in Poland, State Duma Deputy Mikhail Sheremet said Ukrainian forces may have attacked the border with Poland with the consent of Western intelligence agencies, calling it a “cheap provocation”. . the armed forces are planning, Ukrainian, and their purpose is to formally draw the NATO countries into the conflict in Ukraine, as he put it.
Sheremet added that Russia has high-precision weapons and rules out any attacks on Polish territory.
For its part, the Department of Defense in Washington (the Pentagon) urged caution and indicated that it would review the situation.
In the same context, Ukraine called for holding a summit of NATO members “immediately” to take tough action against Moscow.
European Council President Charles Michel said he was “shocked” by reports of people being killed by Russian missiles or projectiles in Poland.
“We stand by Poland. I am in contact with the Polish authorities, with members of the European Union and other allies,” Michel added in a tweet.
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