BRUSSELS, Nov 16 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a conversation with Polish President Andrzej Duda that it is important to “establish all the facts” of the incident on Polish territory.
“It is important that all the facts be established,” Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, a NATO official on condition of anonymity said that the alliance, in coordination with the Polish authorities, is investigating reports of the incident.
Polish media reported on November 15 in the evening that two rockets allegedly fell on the territory of Poland – in the Lublin Voivodeship on the border with Ukraine, two people were killed. Officially, the authorities did not confirm the information about the fall of missiles, nor did they name whose missiles they could have been.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, no strikes were made on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border, and the published photos of some debris have nothing to do with Russian weapons. All statements by the Polish media about the alleged fall of “Russian” missiles are a deliberate provocation in order to escalate the situation, the Russian Defense Ministry noted. Ukrainian missiles of the S-300 system: there have already been such examples before, including the defeat by Ukraine of anti-aircraft missiles of its own residential buildings.
The Pentagon said that in the situation with the alleged missile fall in Poland they intend to operate not with speculation, but with facts, to clarify which there are sufficient opportunities. At the same time, until the facts are received, the Pentagon will not talk about the applicability of Article 5 of the NATO Charter, said military spokesman Patrick Ryder. This article states: the contracting parties agree that an armed attack on one or more of them in Europe or North America will be considered an attack on them as a whole.
A number of countries have expressed the need to obtain more information about the incident .