The missile that killed two people in far eastern Poland, which belongs to NATO, on Tuesday caused tension in the international community on Tuesday night. Crisis meetings took place in NATO, and many wondered if this could lead to an escalation of the conflict and within it Involve NATO to a greater extent in the war.
But during the night into Wednesday, there was shocking information about the missile, which struck about six kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
Initial indications are that Ukraine fired the missile against an incoming Russian missile, according to anonymous US officials.
Russia has long denied that the country fired any missiles at Poland.
– Sent by missile defense
The American news agency Ap quoted anonymous government sources, while the German news agency DPA wrote that Biden briefed the leaders of the Group of Seven, the European Union and NATO on this matter in a secret emergency meeting during the G20 meeting in Bali.
Anonymous US officials claim to the AP that it indicates the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces against Russian missiles that were used in attacks against electrical infrastructure in Ukraine on Tuesday.
The new information contradicts previous information from the US authorities, as intelligence sources claimed that a Russian missile landed in Poland.
Russia has been attacking Ukraine’s power grid for a long time, and Ukraine’s missile defense has been trying to protect many of its targets by sending its own missiles against Russian offensive missiles.
US President Joe Biden held an emergency meeting in Bali with leaders from Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Italy, France and Great Britain on Wednesday night after the missile attack in Poland.
Just before the meeting, reporters on the scene asked Biden if he could say more about what he knew about the situation.
No, Biden answered bluntly before escorting reporters out of the conference room, according to CNN.
But after the meeting, Biden made a stunning statement.
He says preliminary information indicates that the missile that fell in Poland on Tuesday is unlikely to have been launched from Russia.
– It is unlikely
– It is unlikely that it was launched from Russia. But we’ll see, Biden said.
He placed the statement in the context of the missile’s trajectory without specifying more, saying:
– I’ll make sure to find out exactly what happened.
The European Union said in a statement after today’s meeting that they discussed the explosion that occurred in Poland.
We will give Poland our full support and assistance in the ongoing investigation. We agreed to remain in close contact to find out the next steps in the investigation, the European Union writes, according to Reuters.
Earlier on Wednesday evening, Polish President Andrzej Duda said they had no definitive proof of who fired the missile.
– The investigation is underway. According to the report, Duda said it was most likely a Russian-made missile ZET Radio.
– keep calm
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Poland has decided to strengthen control of the country’s airspace.
– I ask all Poles to remain calm in the face of this tragedy. The Prime Minister says we must exercise restraint and be careful.
The President of Poland wants the same.
– We keep calm. What happened was an isolated incident. There are no indications of this happening again, Duda says Sky News.
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