What has really happened? The investigation is ongoing, although it seems “improbable” that the missile that hit Poland was launched by Russia, US President Joe Biden acknowledged last night. The tension was maximum for several hours. The G20 leaders were in Bali and there were reports that Russian missiles were causing casualties in Poland, a NATO country. They quickly thought of Article 5 of the Atlantic Alliance treaty, which commits all members to defend an attacked ally, which could lead to NATO having to respond to the alleged Russian aggression on Poland. The Lithuanian Prime Minister himself, Gitanas Nuasèda, sentenced on Twitter: “Every inch of NATO must be defended!”
Poland investigates the possible fall of Russian missiles on its territory
As the hours passed, the messages became more prudent. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg himself spoke of an “explosion” without pointing fingers. “It is important that all the facts are clarified.”
This Wednesday Stoltenberg meets with the ambassadors of the 30 NATO countries to analyze the situation. But last night NATO already issued a statement agreed with the G7, with Spain and the Netherlands, in a meeting in which the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, participated.
NATO ambassadors will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the missile that fell in Poland. Warsaw said two citizens were killed by a Russian-made missile but stopped short of accusing Russia of launching it, while Moscow said its military did not fire it, while Biden said the missile was probably not fired. shot from Russian territory.
The US agency AP, for its part, has reported that the Ukrainian Army may have fired the missile that hit its neighbor.
In the communiqué, signed by the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, the European Council, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, they condemn “the barbaric missile attacks that Russia perpetrated against cities and civil infrastructure of Ukraine on Tuesday.
“We have addressed the explosion that took place in the eastern part of Poland, near the border with Ukraine,” the statement said: “We offer our full support and help with the investigation of Poland. We agree to remain in close contact to determine next steps as the investigation progresses.”
The text continues: “We reaffirm our strong support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression, as well as our readiness to hold Russia accountable for its attacks on Ukrainian communities, even as the G20 meets to discuss the broader impacts of war. We all express our condolences to the families of the victims in Poland and Ukraine.”
“It is a terrible incident and now it is necessary to carefully investigate how it could have happened,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.