President Biden says he and leaders of eight allied countries agreed in an emergency meeting to support Poland’s investigation into the blast that killed two people near the border with Ukraine and await more information before determining their next steps.
What he says : Biden attributed no responsibility for the explosion, but said in response to a reporter’s question that it was “unlikely” the projectile that caused it was fired from Russia due to its path.
- Poland’s Foreign Ministry said earlier today that the missile was “Russian-made”, while President Andrzej Sebastian Duda took a more cautious tone, saying it was “most likely Russian-made” and adding that officials do not yet know for sure who fired it. Ukraine also uses Russian-made missiles, especially for air defense.
- Russian officials have denied responsibility for the explosion in the Polish village of Przewodów.
- “I’m going to make sure we find out exactly what happened — our empathy is dying out, apparently two people have been killed — and then we’re going to collectively figure out our next step,” Biden said after the meeting, held in Indonesia where world leaders are gathered for the G20 summit.
According to the White House, the countries represented at the meeting were Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the EU.
- Biden said he briefed fellow leaders on his calls with Duda and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and said the leaders also discussed Russia’s “totally inadmissible” missile attacks on military targets. civil infrastructure across Ukraine during their emergency meeting.
- The leaders issued a joint statement condemning these Russian strikes, adding: “We reaffirm our unwavering support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the face of the ongoing Russian aggression, as well as our continued commitment to hold Russia accountable for its attacks. brazen attacks on Ukrainian communities. .”
- Secretary of State Tony Blinken discussed the situation on a call with his Polish counterpart and also spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart to discuss “ongoing assessments” of the explosion as well as the needs of the Ukraine on “energy security and air defense,” according to the State Department.
What to watch: Stoltenberg will chair an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors on Wednesday “to discuss this tragic incident”, a spokesman for the alliance said.
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