Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has said that he missile strike which killed two near to the village of Przewodow appears to be an “unfortunate accident” and not “intentional.”
Duda said, “There is no indication that this was an intentional attack on Poland. Most likely, it was a Russian-made S-300 rocket.
“We have no proof at the moment that it was a missile fired by the Russian side.
“There are many indications that it was an air defence missile, which unfortunately fell on Polish territory.”
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The US President Joe Biden said, “There is preliminary information that contests that.
“I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate it, but it is unlikely in the lines of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we’ll see.”
The Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said there is no evidence that Moscow are preparing any military action against the alliance.
Stotlenberg said, “Our top military commander General Cavalli briefed allies and the Polish ambassador updated us on the incident and the ongoing investigation.
“Yesterday’s explosion took place as Russia launched a massive wave of rocket attacks across Ukraine.
“Since the start of Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine, NATO has increased vigilance across our Eastern flank and we are monitoring the situation on a continuous basis.
“An investigation on this incident is ongoing and we need to await its outcome. But we have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack. I have no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military action against NATO.
“Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks.
“But let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.
“In the meeting today, NATO allies offered their deepest condolences on the tragic loss of life and expressed their strong solidarity with our valued ally, Poland, and made clear that we will continue to support Ukraine in its right to self-defence.
“Russia must stop this senseless war. Last night I spoke with the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, and US president, Joe Biden.
“We agreed that we need to stay vigilant, calm and closely coordinated. We will continue to consort and monitor the situation very closely.
“NATO stands united and we will always do what is necessary to protect and defend all allies.”