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Poland missile ‘unlikely’ to have been fired from Russia, Biden says

Joe Biden stated that the missile that hit Poland and killed two people was likely to have come from Russia because of its trajectory.

After convening an emergency meeting with western leaders to discuss the possible explosion on Nato territory, the US president spoke at the G20 meeting in Bali.

Biden answered the question “There is preliminary evidence that contests that.” I won’t say anything until we fully investigate. It is not likely that it was fired from Russia, but it is possible in its trajectory,” he said.

According to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the missile was a Russian-made missile. This could also include S-300 ground-to-air missiles that are in Ukraine’s possession.

Biden, along with other G20 leaders, said that they had agreed to support Poland in its investigation into the explosion which occurred in rural Poland near the Ukrainian border.

Biden spoke briefly after convening an emergency meeting of G7 leaders from western countries to discuss the consequences of the strike in Poland.

The meeting highlighted the possibility of a Russian attack on Nato territory. This could require Nato to invoke its collective self-defence articles. Moscow denied any responsibility.

G7 is made up of Canada, Italy France, Germany and the UK. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, both EU leaders, attended as well as Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, and Pedro Sanchez the Spanish prime minister. Only Japan is not part of the NATO alliance among the national leaders.

G7 leaders join other G20 leaders for an emergency meeting to discuss the missile strike against Polish territory. Photograph by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Biden has always fought to stop the war in Ukraine escalating to NATO territory or Russia territory. So, he will seek out definitive evidence as to who fired the missile and what level of intent.

G7 and Nato members made a joint statement following the meeting referring to an explosion within Poland’s borders rather than an attack.

“We talked about the explosion that occurred in the eastern region of Poland, near the border to Ukraine. We are ready to support and assist Poland in its ongoing investigation. We will keep in touch with each other to help determine the next steps.

It also stated that Russia had launched barbaric missile strikes against the Ukrainian cities and civil infrastructure on Tuesday.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, claimed that Russian missiles had struck Poland in an “important escalation” to the conflict. He didn’t provide any evidence.

Russia’s defense ministry denies that Russian missiles have hit Polish territory. They describe reports as “a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating this situation”.

In a statement, it added: “No Russian means of destruction were used to strike targets close to the Ukrainian-Polish border.”

Poland’s request for Nato consultations under Article 4, rather than actions in self defense as required under Article 5, shows that it is being cautious. The official level of NATO is expected to be held in Brussels. Antonio Guterres, UN secretary general, described the attack as extremely concerning and called for a meeting with the UN security council later Wednesday.

Both Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, and Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, have called for calm and caution in dealing with fake news.

Dymotro Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, had blamed Russia for the incident. He tweeted “Russia now promotes the conspiracy theory that it was an alleged missile of Ukrainian air defence that fell on the Polish theory.” This is false. It is wrong to believe or promote Russian propaganda. This lesson must have been learned long ago, since the downing MH17″, a Malaysian civil aircraft that was shot down in Ukrainian airspace by Russia.

Later, he said that he had spoken with Antony Blinken, the US secretary-of-state, about the “Russian missile terrorist – its size, aims and consequences.” I stressed that the reaction to the events in Poland must be strong and principled.” He said he was grateful for the affirmation by the US that it would double down on the recovery of our energy system with G7 as well as the EU.

However, regardless of what the results of the inspection of the wreckage from the attack are and the exact conclusions drawn, Poland or Ukraine will likely demand that eastern Europe be protected more. Ukraine has been looking for improved air defenses for several weeks. Oleksii Reznikov, its defense minister, stated on Twitter that they were asking for an increase in protection in eastern Europe. Russian uncontrolled missiles are not acceptable. They pose a threat to our EU and NATO neighbours. The gloves are off. It’s time to win.

Ukraine described the Russian missile strike on Ukraine on Tuesday as the worst of the whole war. It may have been a show of force from Vladimir Putin to the G20 members gathered in Bali. Putin declined to attend the summit, but Sergei Lavrov was his foreign minister and substitute at the gala dinner hosted in Jakarta by Joko Wikodo, the Indonesian president.

Putin’s latest attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has dealt a fatal blow to Indonesia’s efforts to get the G20 agenda to sidestep the conflict in Ukraine.

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