Antonio Guterres called for a thorough investigation of the missile that fell in Poland: “It is essential to avoid the escalation of the war”

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The UN secretary general called for an “in-depth investigation” into the explosion, which killed two in a NATO member country

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Antonio Guterres called for a thorough investigation of the missile that fell in Poland: “It is essential to prevent the escalation of the war”

A. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference ahead of the G20 leaders' summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022.REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said he was “very concerned” about what he called “reports of a missile that exploded on Polish territory”, referring to the missile that killed two people on Tuesday in the Lublin district (eastern Poland). ).

In a brief statement issued at night, following that incident that has caused great international alarm, Guterres said that “it is absolutely essential to prevent the escalation of the war in Ukraine.”

Guterres also called for an “in-depth investigation” into the explosion, which killed two and could mark a further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine with the involvement of Poland, a member of the NATO.

However, he avoided ruling on the responsibility for the launch of the missile, with which Russia has disassociated itself, although the Polish government said that it was a Russian-made missile.

The incident has originated the convening of various meetings to analyze the incident, from NATO to the G-20.

Antonio Guterres called for a thorough investigation of the missile that fell in Poland: “It is essential to avoid the escalation of the war”

Debris at the missile strike zone in Poland, near the border with Ukraine (Reuters)

US President Joe Biden and other world leaders participating in The G20 summit in Bali began an emergency meeting on Tuesdayon this Indonesian island to discuss the incident in Poland, as reported by the White House.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will chair an “emergency” meeting on Wednesday on the “tragic incident” of a missile explosion in Poland near the border with Ukraine.

Call for calm

Other countries too they advocated prudence after the missile crash.

The head of the German government, Olaf Scholz, called for a thorough investigation. “In such a serious matter, there can be no hasty conclusion about the course of events before a thorough investigation,” the German chancellor said.

France He called for “maximum prudence” to be observed regarding the origin of the missile that fell in eastern Poland and warned of “significant risks of escalation”.

“It is logical that we approach the issue with the utmost prudence (…) Many countries have the same type of weapons and identifying the type of missile does not necessarily mean identifying the actor who fired it,” said the French presidency.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the incident showed the latent threat caused by the war launched by Russia in Ukraine, although he did not say who fired the projectile.

Speaking after the G20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali, Sunak said that “none of this would be happening if it weren't for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is the cruel and unforgiving reality of Putin's war.” According to the British leader, although it is not yet known where the projectile was launched from, this would not have happened if Russia had not been bombing Ukraine. “While it continues, it poses a threat to our security and that of our allies,” he said.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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