Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

The missile probably wasn’t fired from Russia — Biden

The missile that killed two people in Poland was probably not fired from Russia, US President Joe Biden said Wednesday after talks at the G20 summit in Indonesia with leaders of Western allies, amid concerns that the conflict in Ukraine could spill over into neighboring countries.

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

The United States and NATO countries will conduct a full investigation before acting, Biden said.

Tuesday’s explosion at a grain factory near the Ukrainian border came as Russia fired a wave of rockets targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure, attacks that Kyiv said were the heaviest in nearly nine months of war.

Poland’s foreign ministry said the rocket landed in Przewodow, a village about 6 km (4 miles) from the border with Ukraine.

According to US officials, initial findings suggest that the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile, the Associated Press said.

Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters that it was “most likely a Russian-made missile,” but there was no concrete evidence of who fired it, and the incident was a one-off.

The Russian Defense Ministry denied that any Russian missiles had hit Polish territory, describing such reports as “deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there was no information about the explosion in Poland.

Any Russian strike on Poland could lead to the risk of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are committed to collective defense under Article 5.

NATO ambassadors are expected to meet later on Wednesday.