Live: Biden says ‘unlikely’ missile that hit Poland was fired from Russia

A Russian-made rocket fell on the Polish village of Przewodow, near the Ukrainian border, at 3:40 p.m. local time, the Polish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The ministry said it had summoned the Russian ambassador over the incident. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

04:34: Poland likely to invoke NATO Article 4, will raise missile blast with UN

Poland is likely to request NATO Article 4 consultations after a missile, reportedly Russian-made, struck Polish territory near the border with Ukraine, raising the issue at a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, officials said.

Two people were killed in an explosion in a village 6 kilometers (3.5 miles) from the border, and Polish President Andrzej Duda said Poland had no conclusive evidence showing who fired the missile.

03:52: The UN chief warns of an escalating conflict in Ukraine

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted early Wednesday that he was “very concerned by reports of a missile exploding on Polish territory.”

The UN chief added that “it is imperative to avoid escalating the war in Ukraine.”

.@antonioguterres is very concerned about reports of a missile exploding on Polish territory. It is imperative to avoid escalating the war in Ukraine.

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He sends his condolences to the families of the victims. He hopes that a thorough investigation will be carried out.

— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) November 16, 2022 3:30 a.m.: Poland explosion may not come from missile fired from Russia, Biden says

The United States and its NATO allies are investigating the blast that killed two in Poland, but early information suggests it may not have been caused by a missile fired from Russia, US President Joe Biden said.

Biden spoke after global leaders gathered for the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, held an emergency meeting on Wednesday following deadly explosions in Poland that Ukraine and Polish authorities said were caused by Russian-made missiles.

Asked if it was too early to say the missile was fired from Russia, Biden said: “There is preliminary information that disputes that. I don’t want to say that until we’ve fully investigated it, but it’s unlikely on the trajectory that it was fired from Russia but we’ll see.”

The US and NATO countries would investigate fully before acting, he added.

I spoke to Polish President Andrzej Duda to express my deepest condolences for the loss of life in eastern Poland and offer our full support for Poland’s investigation into the explosion.

We will stay in close contact to determine appropriate next steps as it progresses.

— President Biden (@POTUS) November 16, 2022 01:15: G7 leaders arrange emergency summit after Poland missile attack, Kyodo news agency reports

Group of Seven leaders are holding an emergency summit on Wednesday in response to a missile attack in Poland, Kyodo news agency said, citing a Japanese government source.

A meeting in Japan and Britain planned for the same day has been put on hold, according to the report.

00:57: No concrete evidence of who fired the missile, says Poland’s Duda

Poland has no concrete evidence to show who fired the missile that caused an explosion in a village near the Ukrainian border, the president said on Wednesday

“We have no conclusive evidence at the moment about who fired this missile… it was most likely a Russian-made missile, but all this is still under investigation at the moment,” Andrzej Duda told reporters.

01:24 12:38: Poland increases surveillance of its airspace, PM says

Poland has decided to increase surveillance of its airspace, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday, as he confirmed that Poland is studying the possibility of requesting consultations under Article 4 of the NATO military alliance agreement.

12:04: Biden offers Poland full American support in the explosion investigation

President Joe Biden offered his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda full American support with the country’s investigation into an explosion that killed two people near the border with Ukraine, the White House said.

“President Biden offered full American support for and assistance with the Poland investigation,” the White House said after the pair spoke.

NATO allies are investigating unconfirmed reports that the explosion was caused by stray Russian missiles.

12.02pm: UK investigating ‘urgent’ reports of missiles landing in Poland

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a tweet on Tuesday that his country is urgently investigating reports of a missile attack in Poland and will support allies as they determine what happened.

“We are also coordinating with our international partners, including NATO,” Sunak said.

I have just spoken to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defense.

We are urgently investigating reports of a missile attack in Poland and will support our allies as they determine what happened.

We also coordinate with our international partners, including NATO.

— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) November 15, 2022 11:33 p.m.: Kremlin spokesman says he has no information about the incident in Poland

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that he had no information about an explosion in Poland.

“Unfortunately, I have no information on this,” Peskov said in response to a question from Reuters.

The Russian Defense Ministry denied that Russian missiles had hit Poland.

02:17 22:47: EU chief calls for meeting with alliance leaders at G20 over Poland

EU chief Charles Michel has said he will call an emergency meeting of EU leaders at the G20 summit in Bali.

In a tweet posted shortly after speaking with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Michel said he assured the Polish leader of the EU’s support.

“Just talked to [Mateusz Morawiecki]. Assured him of full EU unity and solidarity in support of Poland. I will propose a coordination meeting on Wednesday with EU leaders attending the G20 here in Bali,” tweeted Michel.

Just talked to @MorawieckiM.

Assured him of full EU unity and solidarity in support of Poland.

I will propose a coordination meeting on Wednesday with EU leaders present #G20 in here #Bali.

— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) November 15, 2022

22:43: Biden talks with Polish counterpart

Polish President Andrzej Duda is now talking to his US counterpart Joe Biden, the head of Poland’s National Security Agency, Jacek Siewiera, said in a tweet.

22:30: NATO chief says “important that all facts are established” about Poland’s “explosion”

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has spoken with Polish President Andrzej Duda and has said the alliance is monitoring the situation.

It was important to find out the facts about what caused a deadly “explosion” in Poland, Stoltenberg said.

“Spoken with President Duda about the explosion in Poland. I offered my condolences for the loss of life. NATO is monitoring the situation and allies are consulting closely. Important that all the facts are established,” Stoltenberg tweeted.

Spoke with President Duda @prezydentpl about the explosion in #Poland. I offered my condolences for the loss of life. #NATO monitors the situation and consults allies closely. It is important that all the facts are established.

— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) November 15, 2022 22:20: Poland checks whether NATO Article 4 needs to be activated: spokesman

Poland is checking whether it needs to activate Article 4 of the NATO military alliance agreement, Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller has told reporters.

Article 4 Parliament calls on all NATO members to consult if a member country feels threatened by another country or a terrorist organization. The 30 member states then initiate formal consultations at the request of the threatened member.

However, Article 4 does not mean that there will be direct pressure on the alliance to act.

This consultation mechanism has been triggered several times in NATO’s history.

Muller also said that Poland is increasing the readiness of some military units.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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