Support, concern and shock… Broad solidarity with Poland after the “missile” incident
US and Western messages of support are coming to Poland with “concern” following reports of Russian missiles falling into Warsaw territory.
And the Polish Foreign Ministry revealed that a Russian-made missile fell on the village of Przevodau near the Ukrainian border, noting that it had summoned the Russian ambassador.
The Russian Ministry of Defense denied that Russian missiles had landed on Polish territory, describing the reports as “a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation.”
The White House said President Joe Biden offered his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda the full support of the United States in its investigation into an explosion that killed two people near the border with Ukraine.
“President Biden offered the United States’ full support and assistance in achieving Poland,” the White House added, after the two leaders spoke.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, expressed his “shock” following reports that people were killed by Russian missiles or projectiles in Poland.
In a tweet, Michel expressed his “shock at the news that people were killed in Polish territory as a result of a missile” or projectiles. Michel offered his condolences to the families, saying, “We stand with Poland. I am in contact with the Polish authorities, with members of the European Union and other allies.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of firing missiles at Poland, considering that a “major escalation” in the Russian operation against his country.
In an address to the nation, Zelensky said, “Today, Russian missiles hit Poland, the territory of an allied country. People were killed. Please accept our condolences.” “The longer Russia feels this impunity, the greater the threats against anyone within range of Russian missiles. Firing missiles into NATO territory is a Russian attack on collective security. This is a very significant escalation. We must act,” he added.
And the French presidency announced that President Emmanuel Macron had “communicated” with Poland after the news that two Russian missiles had fallen on its soil.
And the Elysee Palace said that Macron “is studying the possibility of discussing (the issue) starting from Wednesday at the level of leaders,” “given the presence of all our great European partners and our great allies” in Indonesia to participate in the G20 summit, where the French president is also present.
He noted that the second day of the G-20 summit will be an “important moment” to close ranks with our partners.
The Minister of State, Sonia Bakis, had informed the deputies of a message to Prime Minister Elisabeth Born, in which he stated that “the government is closely following the field conditions related to our Polish allies.”
“Poland can count on France’s solidarity, and we will inform you successively of the information we will receive,” she said while reading the message.
While the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the reports from Poland are worrisome, noting that the Estonian side is consulting with Poland and other allies.
She added that Estonia is “ready to defend every inch of NATO’s (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) territory,” stressing “full solidarity” with Poland.
For its part, Belgium strongly condemned the “incident” that took place on Polish soil, and Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said via Twitter that his country stands by Poland.
“We are all part of the NATO family, which is more united and ready to protect us all than ever before,” he added.
The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is closely following the “extremely worrying” developments in Poland.
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.”