Stoltenberg: The explosion in Poland was likely caused by a Ukrainian missile
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Stoltenberg: The explosion in Poland was likely caused by a Ukrainian missile

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday’s attack in Poland was likely caused by Ukraine’s air defenses. He said that investigations into this explosion are continuing and that their results should be awaited, but that “preliminary analyzes suggest that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile that was launched to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian attacks.”

“This is not Ukraine’s fault. “Russia bears the ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

These statements Stoltenberg made at the press conference after the emergency meeting of the member countries, in Brussels, after on November 15 two people were killed in Poland by a missile that Warsaw said was produced by Russia. Stoltenberg also added that there are no indications that Russia is planning an attack on NATO and that they should remain “vigilant, calm and closely coordinated” as “the war in Ukraine could have consequences for NATO territory.”

Poland’s president, Anrzej Duda, also said there was no indication that Tuesday’s explosion in Poland, which killed two people, was a “deliberate attack”, adding that it was most likely just an accident. He added that the missile that hit a border village in Poland was believed to be from Ukrainian air defenses, but also said that ultimate responsibility rested with Russia, which launched a series of missile attacks on Ukraine on Tuesday. Duda said that he is in constant contact with the allies.

“I have held a series of international consultations, starting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with US President Joe Biden, a very important conversation. The US is our main ally, the most powerful military in the world. I assure you all that Biden has made it clear that the United States is with us. I heard the same words from the Prime Minister of Great Britain Sunak”, said Anzhej Duda, President of Poland.

Previously, US President Joe Biden, in an emergency meeting with G7 and NATO leaders in Indonesia, said that the missiles that killed two people in Poland may not have been launched by Russia.

“There is preliminary information that contradicts this. I don’t want to say this until we fully investigate, but it’s unlikely on the trajectory that they were dropped from Russia. But we will see”, said Joe Biden, president of the USA.

Russia denied that its missiles had hit Polish territory, saying the reports were “a deliberate provocation” to escalate the situation. The Russian Defense Ministry said its strikes in Ukraine a day earlier were no closer than 35 kilometers from the Polish border.