Poland’s president said the missile explosion that killed two people appeared to be an “unfortunate accident” rather than a “deliberate attack”.
Andrzej Duda tweeted that officials “have no evidence at this time that it was a Russian missile launch.”
“There are many indications that it was an anti-aircraft missile that unfortunately landed on Polish territory,” he added.
Wednesday morning, the President of the United States joe biden Cast doubt on earlier claims that the missile hit a grain silo in Przewodow and was launched by Moscow.
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“There is preliminary information that calls that into question.
“I hate to say it until we have a thorough investigation, but it’s very unlikely from the trajectory that it was launched from Russia, but we’ll see.”
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said his country was still studying the possibility of activating NATO’s Article 4 process, but it did not appear necessary to use the measure.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement to the media: “Yesterday’s explosion occurred during a massive Russian rocket attack on Ukraine.
“Investigations into this incident are ongoing and we need to await the results.
“But we have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack, and we have no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military action against NATO.
“Our preliminary analysis indicates that the incident was likely caused by anti-aircraft missiles fired by Ukraine to defend Ukrainian territory from Russian cruise missiles.
“But let me be clear – this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia is ultimately responsible for continuing to wage an illegal war against Ukraine.”
Russia insists it did not fire the missile.
Its Nov. 15 attack came within 22 miles (35 kilometers) of the Polish border, a Defense Ministry spokesman told Russia’s state-run RIA news agency.
Images of the site showed the wreckage to be that of a Ukrainian S-300 missile, they claimed.