Nusa Dua (Indonesia) (EFE).- US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that it is “unlikely” that the missile that caused an explosion in Poland, near the border with Ukraine, will have was fired from Russia, and announced that the G7 and NATO will support the Polish government’s investigation into the incident before taking “further action”.
Asked by the press whether the missile was fired by Russia, Biden said, “There is a lot of information that contradicts that. I don’t want to say until we’ve fully investigated it, but it’s unlikely due to the trajectory that it was fired from Russia.”
The American president made these remarks at the end of a meeting of the leaders of the G7 and NATO on the sidelines of the G20 summit, which is being held on the Indonesian island of Bali.
G7 and NATO leaders back Poland investigation
At this meeting, the leaders agreed “unanimously” to support Poland’s investigation to determine “exactly what happened” before taking “other measures” collectively, detailed the president.
During the meeting, according to Biden, the G7 and NATO leaders also addressed the “brutal” and “inhumane” attacks that Russia has launched in recent hours against different regions of Ukraine, including the capital, and which caused major cuts in the power supply.
“At a time when the world came together at the G20 summit to call for de-escalation, Russia continues to choose escalation (of war) in Ukraine. There were remains of wreckage and missiles in western Ukraine. We’re on Ukraine’s side right now and we’ll do whatever it takes to defend them,” Biden said.
The meeting of G7 and NATO leaders took place at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Bali where Biden is staying.
In addition to the American, the meeting was attended by German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz; the Prime Ministers of Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan, Justin Trudeau, Rishi Sunak, Giorgia Meloni and Kishida Fumio, respectively; and French President Emmanuel Macron; G7 member countries.
Also participating are the leaders of Spain and the Netherlands, Pedro Sánchez and Mark Rutte, NATO countries also present at the G20 summit as guests of this forum, as well as the President of the European Commission ( EC), Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, informed the White House.
NATO emergency meeting
In the consultations on the incident in Poland, the next step is an emergency NATO meeting to be held this Wednesday in Brussels at the request of the Polish government.
The meeting will be held at NATO ambassador level “in the morning in Brussels to discuss this tragic incident”, Alliance spokeswoman Oana Lungescu confirmed to EFE.
Stoltenberg previously said the Atlantic Alliance was “following” the explosion in Poland, which killed two people, and stressed the importance of “establishing all the facts”.
As he said on his Twitter account, Stoltenberg spoke to Polish President Andrzej Duda “about the explosion in Poland” and offered his condolences for “the loss of life”.
Poland is considering invoking Article 4 of NATO, according to which the Allies “shall consult when, in the opinion of either of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of the ‘one of the Parties is threatened’.
The Polish government attributed on Wednesday to a “Russian-made missile” the explosion recorded Tuesday in the east of the country near the border with Ukraine which killed two people, and summoned the Russian ambassador to Warsaw .