BERLIN, Nov 16 The incident in Poland needs to be investigated and only then draw conclusions, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told reporters.
US President Joe Biden on the morning of November 16 convened an emergency meeting of the leaders of the G7 and NATO countries, who, like him, participated in the G20 summit in Bali. As a result, he said that the preliminary information refutes the fact that the rocket that fell in Poland was flying from Russia.
“I think it is good and right that the NATO members present here very quickly gathered here to discuss this situation. And what we all agreed with is that now it is necessary to investigate these destructions, as well as parts of missiles,” the German Chancellor said on the margins of the G20, the press conference was broadcast by the German TV channel Welt.
br>”It is necessary to wait for the results of the investigation, and then publicly announce them. In such a serious situation, there can be no question of hasty conclusions before the facts are carefully studied,” Scholz clarified.
Polish media reported on November 15 in the evening that two rockets fell on the territory of Poland – in the Lublin Voivodeship on the border with Ukraine, two people were killed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic stated that the rocket that fell in Poland was Russian-made. Polish President Andrzej Duda noted that Warsaw does not have accurate information whose missiles fell on the territory of the republic.
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 to 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.
According to military expert Aleksey Leonkov, Russian cruise missiles could not hit the territory of Poland, but abnormal Ukrainian missiles could fly there S-300 systems: 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 this situation they intend to operate not with speculation, but with facts, for which there are sufficient opportunities to clarify. At the same time, until the facts are received, the Pentagon will not talk about the applicability of Article 5 of the NATO Charter (on collective defense), said Patrick Ryder, spokesman for the military department.