In a statement, the administration of President Andrzej Duda confirmed that the projectile that killed two Polish citizens was manufactured on Russian soil< /i>
Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller speaks to the press after a meeting of the Security Committee following the Russian attack (Reuters)
The Polish government formally accused Russia of launching a missile that caused the death of two people in the town of Przewodou, close to the border with Ukraine.
In a brief statement, the administration of President Andrzej Duda highlighted that “on November 15, 2022, a bombardment massive was observedof the entire territory of Ukraine and its critical infrastructures by the armed forces of the Russian Federation for many hours.”
“At 3:40 p.m., in the area of the town of Przewodów, in the Hrubieszów district of the Lublin voivodeship, a Russian-made missile fell, killing two citizens of the Republic of Poland.In connection with the incident, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Zbigniew Rau, summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the demand for an immediate detailed explanation,” adds the text issued by Warsaw.
Andrzej Duda (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
For his part, Polish President Andrzej Duda said there was no clear evidence of who fired the missile, although he said they were “probably manufactured Russian.”
“At the moment we do not have unequivocal proof of who fired the missile, an investigation is underway. It was most likely Russian-made,” Duda told reporters.
Meanwhile, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on Tuesday urged the population to remain calm after the fall of Russian-made missiles that killed two in a town near the border with Ukraine.
“I call on all Poles to remain calm in the face of this tragedy (…) We must exercise restraint and caution,” Morawiecki declared after emergency government meetings in Warsaw.
A while earlier, and following an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, spokesman Piotr Muller told the local press that the Executive made the decision to “increase the state of preparation of some combat units and other uniformed services”.
Given this situation , NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, will hold an “emergency meeting” on Wednesday with the ambassadors to the transatlantic military alliance. “The Secretary General will chair an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors tomorrow to discuss this tragic incident,” said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.
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For its part, the White House assured that Washington and Warsaw will collaborate closely to determine the “next steps” after the Russian attack. In a phone call, US President Joe Biden and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda “said that they and their teams should remain in close contact to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation progresses.” p>
Responding to a question about how the United States would react if the Russian attack on Poland, which is a member of NATO, is confirmed, the spokesman for the US Department of Defense, Brigadier General Pat Ryder, avoided speculating on this hypothesis, but stressed the “security commitments” of his country and with article 5 of the Atlantic Alliance, of collective defense.
From the White House, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, Adrienne Watson, said in a statement that they have seen the information coming out of Poland about this alleged attack and that Washington is working with the Polish government to gather more information. “Shortly after receiving this information, national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with the head of the Polish National Security Office, Jacek Siewiera,” she noted.
It remains to be seen if Poland finally invokes Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty to trigger consultations within NATO. It establishes that the allies will hold consultations when one of the parties considers that its territorial integrity, political independence or the security of the allies is threatened.
The The forum for consultation is the North Atlantic Council (NAC), which is in turn the main decision-making body within NATO. Any member of the organization can formally invoke article 4, which would be the prelude to any joint decision or action on behalf of the alliance.
The last time it was applied was after the invasion Russian military in Ukraine, when Estonia, in coordination with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, asked to open this process to respond to the situation in the neighboring country.
With information from AFP , EFE and Europa Press