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Explosion in eastern Poland: Gov’t considers launching NATO article 4

An explosion of unexplained cause occurred in the village of Przewodów, in the near vicinity of the Polish-Ukrainian border, at a grain dryer. Two people were killed. Numerous media allegations, that remain unconfirmed, claim that two Russian stray missiles hit the village.

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As Piotr Müller, spokesman for the Polish government told journalists, the current situation is sensitive and the decision was made to increase the readiness of some Polish military units and uniformed services.

He also announced that the government is considering launching NATO article 4 which states that “the Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.”

Jacek Siewiera, Head of the National Security Bureau, said that he remains in constant contact with Jake Sullivan, United States National Security Advisor to President Joe Biden.

Police, the prosecutor’s office and the army are on the scene.

Various information on the matter appeared on social media, some of them claiming that these were Russian missiles that struck the Polish territory. At the moment, Russia’s involvement has not been confirmed but investigations are ongoing.

EU leaders present at the G20 meetings in Bali will likely meet on Wednesday to discuss the blast in Poland, European Council President Charles Michel said on Tuesday.

“I will propose a coordination meeting on Wednesday with EU leaders attending G20 here in Bali,” Michel said in a tweet following a conversation with Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The White House is working with the Polish government to gather more information on the matter and it will determine what happened and what the appropriate next steps would be, National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said on Tuesday.

⚡️ Presumably – a video of the consequences of a landed missile in Poland.

— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) November 15, 2022

“We are aware of the press reports alleging that two Russian missiles have struck a location inside Poland near the Ukraine border. I can tell you that we do not have any information at this time to corroborate those reports and are looking into this further,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told a news briefing.

“I urge you not to spread unconfirmed information,” a spokesman for the Polish government stressed.

Germany is monitoring the situation in Poland closely and is in contact with Warsaw and its NATO allies, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Tuesday.

My thoughts are with #Poland, our close ally and neighbor. We are monitoring the situation closely and are in contact with our Polish friends and NATO allies.

— Außenministerin Annalena Baerbock (@ABaerbock) November 15, 2022

Meanwhile, the Estonian Foreign Ministry stated that it is consulting the matter with Poland.

Latest news from Poland is most concerning. We are consulting closely with Poland and other Allies. Estonia is ready to defend every inch of NATO territory. We’re in full solidarity with our close ally Poland ����

— Estonian MFA ���� | �� #StandWithUkraine (@MFAestonia) November 15, 2022

Officials from Norway and Lithuania – members of the NATO defence alliance – also said they were trying to find out more information.

“This is a very serious incident but much remains unclear,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

Also, Canada stated that it is aware of an explosion in Poland that killed two people.

“We are monitoring the situation, and we are in contact with Poland and other partners on this,” said Adrien Blanchard, a spokesman for Canada’s foreign ministry.

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