Poland could trigger Article 4 later today after a missile landed in a Polish village on Tuesday evening killing two people.
Emergency talks will take place today with NATO’s ambassadors to discuss the incident after Poland requested the meeting.
Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki urged his residents to stay “calm” and said that it is very likely Article 4 will be triggered on Wednesday.
If Article 4 is triggered then this would be a major escalation in the war, however it is highly unlikely Article 5 will be activated any time soon unless there was a premeditated and a constant attack on NATO.
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The NATO general secretary tweeted afterwards, “Spoke 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 closely consulting. Important that all facts are established.”
Poland’s Prime Minister said that they will now increase “monitoring of polish air space” while an investigation is carried out to establish the cause.
Initial reports of a Russian 'stray' missile seems to be incorrect. Biden just told NATO and G7 partners that the explosion in Poland was caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile – Reuters. Earlier The Associated Press confirmed that early findings hinted towards Ukrainian AD. https://t.co/zlUVTlEGhT
— NOËL 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) November 16, 2022
He said, “We are working to establish the causes of the explosion in Przewodów.
“A state of heightened readiness has been introduced for all Polish ‘services’, including the police, firefighters, border guards.”
Duda said: “We have no conclusive evidence at this time as to who launched this missile.
“Investigations are underway. It was most likely a Russian-made missile.”
Duda added, “Expressions of sympathy for two of our citizens, who died as a result of the explosion of most likely a rocket that fell on our territory.
“I have described the situation to all the leaders.
“Joe Biden declared that he would support us in the form of American experts who would help us in the investigation of the site of this event.”
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said, “Serious reports about missiles landing in Poland and causing fatalities.
“We’re in close contact with Poland and our other NATO allies. It’s important now to establish exactly what has happened. We are monitoring the situation very closely.”
The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the attack and wrote on Twitter, “I have just spoken to Polish President @andrzejdudafollowing reports of a missile strike in Poland.
“I reiterated the UK’s solidarity with Poland and expressed condolences for the victims.
“We will remain in close contact and continue to coordinate with our NATO allies.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was “alarmed by reports” coming out of Poland.
She tweeted, “Alarmed by reports of an explosion in Poland, following a massive Russian missile strike on Ukrainian cities.
“I extend my condolences and my strongest message of support and solidarity with Poland and our Ukrainian friends.”