| 25 May 2024, Saturday |

Biden says ‘unlikely’ missile fired from Russia

US President Joe Biden has met with NATO and G7 leaders in hastily arranged talks, following the explosion in Poland which killed two.

Biden said it was there was agreement to support Poland’s investigation and told reporters “I’m going to make sure we figure out exactly what happened.”

When asked whether a missile could have been fired from Russia, Biden said: “There is preliminary information that contests that, I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate.”

Biden then said it was “unlikely” that it was fired from Russia judging by trajectory.

Blinken pledges ‘close coordination’ with Poland, Ukraine
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had called the foreign ministers of Poland and Ukraine “regarding the explosion in eastern Poland,” and they had “pledged to remain closely coordinated in the days ahead as the investigation proceeds and we determine appropriate next steps.”

The comments on Twitter follow an earlier statement released by the White House in which President Joe Biden offered condolences and full support and assistance with Poland’s investigation into the “explosion” in eastern Ukraine.

Poland’s position to be presented to UN Security Council
The Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN, Krzysztof Szczerski, said that Poland’s stance would be presented before the UN Security Council.

“On Wednesday, at the afternoon session of the Un Security Council, I will present the Polish position on the current situation,” Szczerski said in a tweet.

It comes after Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement which said that “a Russian-made missile fell, killing two citizens in the Republic of Poland.”

This was followed by calls for calm from the country’s prime minister and a statement from Poland’s President Andrzej Duda to say the circumstances were still under investigation.

“We do not for the moment have unequivocal evidence of who fired the missile. An investigation is ongoing. It was most probably Russian-made,” Duda told reporters on Wednesday.

Polish government will tread very cautiously: DW’s Grzegorz Szymanowski

Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian cities and civilian infrastructure have been condemned in a joint statement issued by NATO and G7 leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.

The explosion in the eastern part of Poland was discussed with a resolve to fully support and assist Poland’s ongoing investigation. Leaders agreed to keep in “close touch to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation proceeds.”

Support for Ukraine was reaffirmed, including readiness to “hold Russia accountable for its brazen attacks in Ukrainian communities.”

UN chief ‘very concerned’ by explosion in Poland
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres is “very concerned by the reports of a missile exploding on Polish territory,” a statement issued by the UN said.

According to the statement, Guterres stressed that it was “absolutely essential to avoid escalating the war in Ukraine.”

Guterres extended condolences to the families of the victims and hoped for a thorough investigation.

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