“The Secretary General will chair an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors tomorrow to discuss this tragic incident,” said Oana Lungescu, spokesperson for the Alliance Atlantic
The explosion in Polish territory can be seen from Ukraine (REUTERS)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will hold an “emergency meeting” on Wednesday with the ambassadors before the transatlantic military alliance about an explosion in Poland, a member country of the organization, during the Russian bombing of Ukraine.
“The Secretary General will chair an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors tomorrow to discuss this tragic incident,” said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.
Poland's government formally accused Russia of launching a missile that killed two people in the town of Przewodou, near the border with Ukraine.
Defense Ministers from NATO countries met in Belgium a month ago (REUTERS/Yves Herman)
Poland, a NATO country, increased its military alert level on Tuesday after the fall of a Russian missile on its territory, in an overturn of the war that threatens to trigger a dangerous escalation in Europe.
“It has just been decided to raise the alert level of some combat units (…) and other uniformed personnel,” government spokesman Piotr Müller said after an emergency meeting of the National Security Council.
The Polish government indicated that “a Russian-made projectile” fell on its territory “killing two Polish citizens” and reported that the Russian ambassador in Warsaw was summoned to give “detailed explanations” about what occurred.
The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, said he was “shocked” and announced that he will propose “a coordination meeting” of the leaders of the European Union (EU) participating in the G20 summit of industrialized and emerging powers that takes place in Bali, Indonesia.
Poland is protected by Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which stipulates that if a member state is the target of an attack armed, its partners will consider the act as an armed attack directed against all the member countries and will take the measures they deem necessary to help the attacked country.
Russia described this Tuesday as “ provocations” the information about the incident in Poland. “The statements by the Polish media and official officials about an alleged fall of Russian missiles near the town of Przewodou are an intentional provocation seeking to escalate the situation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.
With information from AFP