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Article 4 invocation may not be necessary: Polish PM

“There is no indication that this was an intentional attack on Poland,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said during a press conference following a meeting of the National Security Bureau dedicated to the Tuesday missile incident in Przewodów, south-east Poland. In turn, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki added that it may not be necessary to launch Article 4 of the NATO treaty.

“In all likelihood, it was a Russian-made missile of the S-300 type. We have no proof at this stage that it was a missile launched by Russia. There are many indications that it was an air defence missile that unfortunately fell on Polish territory,” the Polish head of state said.

“We are in constant contact with all allied services. They have also confirmed evidence collected by our intelligence agencies, which we will soon use to draw conclusions,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki noted.

“We are still analysing the possibility of launching the NATO Article 4 procedure, but it seems it may not be necessary to use that measure,” he added.

Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty 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.”

Since the explosions on Tuesday, numerous experts speaking to Polish media outlets have agreed that Poland has the grounds to invoke this article based on the evidence.

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