World leaders hold emergency meeting after ‘Russian’ missile kills two in Poland | CNN

CNN — World leaders gathered at the G20 summit in Bali are attempting to diffuse the potential escalation of a war in Ukraine that has been going on for months after a “Russian-made” missile landed in NATO member Poland, killing two people. The missile landed on the outskirts of Przewodow, a rural Polish town about four miles (6.4 kilometers) west of the Ukrainian border, on Tuesday. Circumstances surrounding the first direct attack on a NATO country during the nearly nine-month conflict remain unclear. The Polish Foreign Ministry described the missile as “Russian”, but it was not known who launched it or where. Both Russian and Ukrainian forces have used Russian-made ammunition during the conflict, and Ukraine has deployed Russian-made missiles as part of its air defense system. US President Joe Biden told reporters after an emergency meeting with G7 and NATO leaders at the side event of the G20 summit held in Bali, Indonesia, “According to preliminary information, it is unlikely that a missile was launched from within Russia.” Be conclusive until the investigation is over. “We have agreed to assist the Polish investigation into the explosion. And I’m sure we’ll find out exactly what happened.” Biden added that leaders expressed sympathy for the deaths of both men. “Then we will investigate and jointly determine the next steps as we go along. There was unanimity among the people at the table,” he added. Biden said he briefed others about discussions with Polish President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. In comments earlier Tuesday, Duda noted that it was not clear who launched the missiles, but that they were “most likely” produced in Russia. “We are working in a calm, very calm way,” Duda said in a speech to the National Security Agency in Warsaw. In a brief statement late Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry called reports by the Polish media that first reported the death a “deliberate provocation to escalate the situation” while the Kremlin denied any involvement in the blast. Photos of the wreckage released by Polish media added that “the photos of the wreckage from the site in the village of Przevodow have nothing to do with Russian weapons.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN that he had no information about the explosion in Poland. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said there was evidence that the missiles that fell on Przewodów on Tuesday were a “single act” and that there was no evidence of further missile strikes. But Morawiecki urged calm, saying Poland would increase its military readiness and was considering activating Article 4 of the NATO Treaty. Article 4 is a consultation method in which the 30-nation alliance can raise issues (mainly security issues) to be discussed at the North Atlantic Council, a decision-making body. Whatever the outcome of the Polish-led investigation, the incident reinforced long-standing concerns about the risk of battlefield miscalculations sparking the NATO-Russian conflict. An eyewitness to the explosion described hearing a frightening “hiss” sound as the projectile flew over the town and the force of the blast shook nearby windows. A video taken by a resident, geo-located and confirmed by CNN, shows a large plume of smoke in the center of the town. At the site of the explosion, local media showed images of a crater and an overturned farm vehicle. CNN cannot independently verify the photos. In his speech, Duda said that the United States would send experts to inspect the site as part of a joint operation. “It is important that all the facts are proven”, NATO Chief Stoltenberg said after a phone call with Duda on Tuesday and expressed his condolences for the loss of life. NATO is monitoring the situation and allies are consulting closely. It is important that all the facts are established,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.

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