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NATO: Moscow bears responsibility for missile incident in Poland

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary General said on Wednesday that the blast in southeastern Poland was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile but that Russia was ultimately responsible because it started the war.

“They are responsible for the war that has caused this situation,” Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference after an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors. “Let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault.”

Stoltenberg said the incident proved the risks of the war in Ukraine but had not changed the military alliance’s assessment of the threat against its members. He added that there was no indication that Russia was preparing offensive military actions against NATO allies.

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Poland signalled it may in the end not invoke NATO’s Article 4, which provides for consultations among allies in the face of a security threat, since the blast was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile and not by Russia.

After the missile that landed on a Polish grain facility initially raised global alarm that the Ukraine war could spill into neighbouring countries, news that it was likely not fired by Russia helped ease the pressure.

Stoltenberg welcomed the fact that more alliance members said they were ready to provide air defence means. He announced no immediate NATO measures but said a contact group on Ukraine would meet later in the day, with the main focus on air defence.


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