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Biden Says Russia ‘Unlikely’ To Have Fired Missile Into Poland Based On The Missiles Trajectory

US President Joe Biden said it is unlikely, based on the trajectory, that the missile that fell in Poland was fired from Russia.

“There is preliminary information that contests that, I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate, but it’s unlikely in the minds of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia,” Biden said Tuesday night when asked if it is too early to tell if the missile was fired from Russia.

Biden said following his meeting with several Group of Seven and NATO leaders that there was total agreement among everyone to support Poland’s investigation into the incident. He added that he would make sure they figure out exactly what happened and to determine the appropriate next steps.

Russia has denied the accusations it fired the missile that landed in Poland and described it as a deliberate effort to escalate the situation in Ukraine.

Biden added that the NATO ambassador would soon meet to further discuss the matter.

Biden met with leaders from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, and the European Union.

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Polish President Andrzej Duda said in earlier remarks that Poland does not have any conclusive evidence at the moment as to who launched the missiles but added that they were most likely Russian-made. He added that there is no indication that there will be a similar repeat of the incident.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he spoke to Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba about the reported explosion in Poland and vowed to coordinate closely as a probe proceeds.

“I spoke this morning from Bali with Polish Foreign Minister Rau and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba regarding the explosion in eastern Poland. We pledged to remain closely coordinated in the days ahead as the investigation proceeds, and we determine appropriate next steps,” Blinken said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Polish media reported on November 15 in the evening that two missiles had allegedly fallen on the territory of Poland – in the Lublin Voivodeship on the border with Ukraine, and two people were killed.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, no strikes were made on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border, while the published photos of some debris have nothing to do with Russian weapons, All statements by Polish media about the alleged landing of “Russian” missiles are a deliberate provocation in order to escalate the situation, the ministry added.

Meanwhile,  former US President Donald Trump, during his Mar-a-Lago speech to announce his presidential bid blamed Russia for the missile that fell into Poland.

Russia has denied the accusations it fired the missile that landed in Poland and described it as a deliberate effort to escalate the situation in Ukraine.

“Just today, a missile was sent in probably by Russia to Poland, 50 miles into Poland, and people are going absolutely wild and crazy,” Trump said Tuesday night.

 

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