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Missiles on Poland.. Warsaw is on alert and NATO meets on Wednesday

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Missiles on Poland.. Warsaw is on alert and NATO meets on Wednesday

A spokesman for the Polish government announced that Warsaw had raised the alert level of part of its military units, due to reports of Russian missiles hitting its territory.

While the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plans to hold an emergency meeting today, Wednesday, to discuss the fall of Russian missiles on Poland.

“A decision has been taken to raise the alert level of some combat units and other agencies,” spokesman Piotr Mueller told a press conference following an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Warsaw.

The spokesman added that Warsaw was considering whether it needed to request consultations under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, after two people were killed in an explosion near the Ukrainian border.

For its part, the United States and its Western allies said they were investigating a report of an explosion in Poland, caused by stray Russian missiles, but they could not confirm it, while the Russian Ministry of Defense denied that.

Firefighters said two people were killed in an explosion in the village of Przewodow in eastern Poland, about 12 km from the border with Ukraine.

The Associated Press earlier quoted a senior US intelligence official as saying that the explosion was caused by Russian missiles crossing into Poland.

Polish Radio ZET attributed the blast to two stray missiles, without giving further details.

NATO meeting

The Secretary-General of NATO intends to hold an emergency meeting, on Wednesday, for delegates of the coalition countries to discuss the fall of missiles in Poland, according to a spokeswoman on Tuesday.

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said, “Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will preside over an emergency meeting of delegates of NATO member states to discuss this tragic incident.”

A NATO official said the alliance was investigating reports of an explosion in eastern Poland, near the Ukrainian border.

And the French presidency announced on Tuesday evening that President Emmanuel Macron had “communicated” with Poland after the news that two Russian missiles had fallen on its soil, and was “inquiring about the situation.”

The Elysee Palace told Agence France-Presse that Macron is “studying the possibility of discussing (the issue) starting tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at the level of leaders,” “given the presence of all our major European partners and our major allies in the G20” meeting at a summit in Indonesia, where The French president is also there.

NATO members are committed to collective defense, so a Russian strike on Poland would risk expanding the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which began with the Russian operation last February.

Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty gives the right to any member state of the alliance that feels threatened by another country or a terrorist organization, to submit a request for the member states to start formal consultations to decide whether the threat exists and how to confront it, while reaching unanimous decisions.

While Article Five stipulates that any armed attack against a member state of the alliance is considered an aggression against all members, and requires taking measures that members deem necessary to assist the target country.

Russian exile

The Russian Defense Ministry denied that Russian missiles had landed on Polish territory, describing the reports as “a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation.”

And she said on her Telegram account, “What Polish media and officials reported about the alleged fall of Russian missiles near the town of Privodov involves a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation.”

She added, “We did not launch any strikes on targets close to the Ukrainian-Polish border.”

For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had no information about an explosion in Poland.

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

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