Alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said that according to a preliminary analysis the incident was probably caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile, but that however, Russia bears “ultimate responsibility” for the war
The head of the Atlantic Treaty Organization North, (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg
The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, assured this Wednesday that “there are no indications of a deliberate attack” on Poland, after the explosion of a missile that caused the death of two people in a town near the border with Ukraine.
Stoltenberg, said the explosion in Poland was probably the result of Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire, but that < b>Russia bears “ultimate responsibility” for the war.
“An investigation is underway into this incident and we must await its outcome… But we have no indication that it was the result of a deliberate attack,” Stoltenberg said after chairing a meeting of NATO ambassadors.
“Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks” , he added.
“But let me be clear, this is not Ukraine's fault,” he continued.
“Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine,” the NATO chief said.
Russia launched a wave of missile attacks on Ukraine on Tuesday, while insisting it is not to blame for the explosion on Polish soil that sparked fears of the conflict escalating.
Poland called the emergency meeting of NATO in Brussels, prompting concerns that NATO allies may be moving closer to an open confrontation with Russia.
But Poland's own president, Andrzej Duda, also said of the blast, which killed two people in a Polish village near the Ukrainian border, that “it was most likely a rocket used in anti-missile defense, which means it was used by the defense forces of Ukraine.”
Polish President Andrzej Duda
Duda told the media in the Polish capital that “most likely the missile was made in the Soviet Union” and model S300.
For his part, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed that his country will not invoke the NATO article that provides for consultations between allies when it is threatened “the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties”.
“What I can say is the majority of the evidence that we have collected indicates that it will not be necessary to invoke NATO Article IV at this time,” Morawiecki told reporters.
“However, it is a tool that is still in our hands,” added Morawiecki, who said that “all the procedures before invoking Article IV worked.”
Tuesday's explosion in a farmhouse caused the death of two people, leaving the town of Przewodow shocked and raising international concern about a possible further escalation of the conflict.
Ambassadors from members of the military alliance of NATO held emergency talks in Brussels after Poland put its army on high alert after the explosion and summoned the Russian ambassador.
But after the initial shock and accusations from kyiv against Moscow, based on the apparent Russian fabrication sa of the missile, the versions surfaced about a possible Ukrainian origin.
(With information from AFP)