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Did Russia fire missiles at Poland?  all you need to know

US President Joe Biden has called for an “emergency meeting” with G7, NATO leaders in Bali, Indonesia, after Poland claimed a Russian-made rocket killed two people in the east of Poland near Ukraine, and she summoned the Russian ambassador for an explanation of the incident. . Read on to find out what happens next

On Nov. 15, the United States said it was investigating reports of an explosion in NATO member Poland that apparently resulted from stray Russian missiles, but the Russian Defense Ministry did not was quick to deny it. The NATO member claimed a Russian-made rocket killed two people in eastern Poland near Ukraine, and he summoned Russia’s ambassador to Warsaw for an explanation after Moscow said denied responsibility.

Later, US President Joe Biden called for an “emergency meeting” with G7, NATO leaders in Bali, Indonesia, as world leaders are in the country for the G20 meeting. Leaders from NATO member countries Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France and Britain attended, as well as non-member Japan NATO and representatives of the European Union.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are seen seated as US President Joe Biden speaks with Polish President Andrzej Duda (not pictured) backstage at the G20 summit, following what Poland called a Russian strike-made a projectile at a grain facility in Przewodow, near the Ukrainian border, in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2022. (Image :Reuters)

Did Russia fire missiles at Poland?

US President Joe Biden said after the emergency meeting on Wednesday: “There is preliminary information that disputes (whether the missile was fired from Russia). of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we will see.”

The United States and NATO countries would thoroughly investigate before acting, Biden said.

Russia denies attacking Poland

The Russian Defense Ministry denied that Russian missiles had hit Polish territory, describing the reports as “a deliberate provocation aimed at aggravating the situation”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had no information about an explosion in Poland. Latvian Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks said the situation was “unacceptable” and could lead to NATO providing more air defenses to Poland and Ukraine.

Initial findings from US officials suggest the missiles that struck Poland were fired by Ukrainian forces at incoming Russian missiles. The Associated Press quoted US officials as saying that after an emergency meeting of G7 leaders over the incident in Indonesia. Two people were killed in an explosion in Przewodow in Poland, a village in eastern Poland about 6 kilometers (3-1/2 miles) from the border with Ukraine, firefighters said.

What would happen if Russia deliberately attacked a NATO country?

As Russian military activity moves closer to the Ukrainian border, the potential for direct confrontation between Russia and the alliance increases. Earlier, on March 13, Russian planes reportedly fired rockets at the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security in Yavoriv, ​​located 20 km from the Ukraine-Poland border.

Mistakes happen in all military organizations, as evidenced on March 9, 2022, when India accidentally fired a BrahMos missile from Sirsa, Haryana, which crashed into Mian Channu, in the district from Khanewal, Pakistani Punjab.

If such an event occurs between Poland and Russian forces in Ukraine, the Polish government is unlikely to be convinced that the missile launch was a mistake, but it will certainly launch a high-level investigation before acting.

Polish officials sought to avoid escalating the situation. Morawiecki called on all Poles to remain calm and President Duda said there was no concrete evidence showing who fired the missile and it was a one-time incident.

Biden told Duda on a call that Washington has an “ironclad commitment to NATO” and will support Poland’s investigation.

The Polish Foreign Ministry said the rocket fell Tuesday afternoon on Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland about 6 kilometers (3-1/2 miles) from the border with Ukraine, killing two people.

Collective defense and invocation of Article 5

According to the NATO treaty, “The principle of collective defense is at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. It remains a unique and enduring principle that binds its members, committing them to mutual protection and instilling a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance.

“Article 5 of the treaty provides that if a NATO ally is the victim of an armed attack, each of the other members of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and will take the necessary measures. he deems necessary to assist the attacked Ally.”

(With agency contributions)

First post: STI

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