December 3, 2022

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Biden says missile that killed two in Poland may not have come from Russia, Health & Fitness Journal

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By Marek Strzelecki

WARSAW (Health & Fitness Journal) – A missile that killed two people in Poland was unlikely to have been launched from Russia, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday after holding talks with leaders of Western allies amid fears that the Ukraine conflict could escalate could spread to neighboring countries.

Tuesday’s blast at a grain factory near Ukraine’s border came as Russia fired a wave of missiles at Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in attacks that Kyiv said were the worst in nearly nine months of war.

Poland’s Foreign Ministry said the rocket fell on Przewodow, a village about 6 km (4 miles) from the border with Ukraine.

Russia denied responsibility for the blast, however Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters it was “most likely a Russian-made missile” but there was no concrete evidence as to who fired the missile and that it was a one-off incident.

A Russian attack on Poland could risk escalating the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have committed themselves to collective defense under Article 5.

Biden called a meeting of leaders gathered in Bali, Indonesia for a G20 summit to discuss the incident. Leaders from NATO members Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France and the UK attended, as did non-NATO member Japan and representatives from the European Union.

When asked if it was too early to say if the missile was launched from Russia, Biden said, “There is preliminary information that disputes it. I don’t want to say that until we’ve fully investigated it, but it’s unlikely the trajectory that it was fired by Russia, but we’ll see.”

The United States and NATO countries would conduct a full investigation before acting, Biden said.

The NATO ambassadors are expected to meet later on Wednesday.

Polish officials in Warsaw said their government is likely to request a NATO meeting under Article 4 of the treaty for consultations between the allies and will also raise the issue at a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

The blast in Poland came as Russia bombarded cities across Ukraine with rockets. Some hit Lviv, which is less than 80 km (50 miles) from the border with Poland.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian missiles hit Poland in a “significant escalation” of the conflict. He did not provide evidence of Russian involvement.

“All of Europe and the world must be fully protected from terrorist Russia,” he said in a tweet after a phone call with Poland’s President Duda.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland is increasing readiness of some military units and urged all Poles to remain calm.

Biden told Duda in a call that Washington has an “iron commitment to NATO” and will support Poland’s investigation, the White House said.

The Associated Press previously quoted a senior US intelligence official as saying the blast was due to Russian missiles entering Poland.

But in Washington, the Pentagon, the White House and the US State Department said they could not confirm the report and are working with the Polish government to gather more information. The State Department said the report was “incredibly worrying”.

Germany and Canada said they were monitoring the situation, and the European Union, the Netherlands and Norway said they were looking for more details. French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a review, while Britain “urgently” examined the report.

A local resident, who asked not to be identified, said the two victims were men who were near the weighing area of ​​a grain factory.

RUSSIAN DENIAL

The Russian Defense Ministry denied that Russian missiles hit Polish territory, calling such reports “a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating 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 result in NATO deploying more air defenses to Poland and Ukraine.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Twitter: “Every inch of #NATO territory must be defended!”

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Kyiv had warned of the danger Russian missiles posed to neighboring countries and called for the imposition of a no-fly zone.

“We asked for the sky to be closed because the sky has no limits. Not for uncontrolled rockets. Not for the threat they pose to our EU and NATO neighbors. Gloves are off. Buying time,” he said in a Twitter post.

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