NATO investigates Russian missile incident in Poland

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The transatlantic military alliance said it is reviewing reports of the recent bombing on Polish soil

NATO investigates incident with Russian missiles in Poland

File photo of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)is investigating unconfirmed reports that Russian missiles have fallen on Polish territory, a senior official with the transatlantic military alliance said on Tuesday.

“We are investigating these reports and in coordination close with our ally Poland,” said the official, who requested anonymity.

In addition, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, urged on Tuesday to clarify reports that Russian missiles may have landed in Poland.

NATO “monitors the situation and“it is important that all the facts are established”, Stoltenberg tweeted, after reporting that he had spoken with Polish President Andrzej Duda, to whom he offered “condolences” for the victims of an “explosion”.

This is how the area hit by two missiles was left in the town of Przewodou, near the border between Poland and Ukraine

On the other hand, the Pentagon was cautious this Tuesdayon the possible consequences of a Russian attack in Poland, near the border with Ukraine, with two deaths, which he has not been able to confirm for the moment.

The spokesman for the Defense Department of The United States, Brigadier General Pat Ryder, indicated in a press conference that his country is evaluating the information that appeared in the media. “I don't have any corroborating data that there has been a missile bombardment” on Polish soil, Ryder said.

According to the media, at least two people died this Tuesday due to the impact of a Russian projectile in the Polish city of Przewodów, in the province of Lublin (east).

In response to a He asks what the US reaction would be if the attack against Poland, which is a NATO member, was confirmed The spokesman did not want to speculate on hypotheses, but stressed the “security commitments” of his country and with Article V of the Atlantic Alliance, of collective defense. “We have made it more than clear that we will defend every inch of NATO territory,” he warned.

On Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also urged Russia to “not underestimate” despite the advance of Ukrainian troops. “We all welcome the progress that the Ukrainian forces have made in recent days, in particular with the liberation of (the city of) Kherson. This is due to the courage of the Ukrainian armed forces, ”Stoltenberg told the press upon his arrival at a Council of Defense Ministers of the European Union (EU), in which he participates as a guest. However, the Norwegian politician asked at the same time “not to make the mistake of underestimating” Moscow.

“Russia retains significant military capabilities, a large number of troops. We have seen that Russia is willing to suffer many casualties and we have also seen, especially in the areas that have been liberated, how it has brutalized civilians in those territories,” warned Stoltenberg.

With information from AFP and EFE