The fall in Poland of a “Russian-made projectile”, which killed two people, came as the leaders of the world’s major G20 economies gathered for a summit already largely dominated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Article 5 of the Atlantic Alliance Treaty affirms that if a Member State is the victim of an armed attack, the others will consider this act of violence as an armed attack directed against all the members and will take the measures deemed necessary to come to the aid of the attacked country.
If an attack of Russian origin were confirmed it would constitute a serious aggravation of the conflict in Ukraine.
Support from Western capitals for Poland, hit by a missile
Gathered in Bali, Indonesia, for a G20 summit where the Russian president is absent, the French and British presidents immediately expressed their support in Warsaw.
“Poland can count on the support of France and our availability to support the investigations in progress”, tweeted Emmanuel Macron after having met overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday with the Polish Prime Minister.
Rishi Sunak also offered his assistance to Poland, reiterating “the solidarity of the United Kingdom” with this NATO member country. Downing Street notably indicated that London was going to “coordinate with its partners” in order to establish “urgently what happened”.
And Germany said it stood “closely alongside” its Polish NATO partner.
The exact sequence of events is still unclear at this time. Polish President Andrzej Duda said overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday that his country did not yet have “unequivocal proof” on the author of the missile launch.
He said an “investigation is ongoing”.
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The American and Polish leaders agreed after a phone call “to stay in touch, as did their teams, to determine the next steps to take as the investigation progresses”, said the American executive in a press release in the process. deadly explosions.
An “emergency meeting” will be held on Wednesday with the NATO ambassadors, announced the head of the organization Jens Stoltenberg. Another meeting was held Wednesday morning in Bali between the leaders of the G7 (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom), announced the White House.
Finland, on the front line, said immediately after the explosions it was “in contact with the Finnish embassy in Warsaw and other foreign ministers. We are awaiting more detailed information from Poland and our partners.”
In eastern Europe, the reactions, some of them more virulent, came in the wake of the explosions, before the origin of the missile was confirmed, nor its country of manufacture.
At war with Russia, the President of Ukraine offered his condolences for the victims of what he called “Russian terrorist missiles”.
“If Poland confirms that the missiles have also hit its territory, it will be another escalation from Russia. We strongly support our EU and NATO ally,” Czech Prime Minister Petre Fiala tweeted, before Poland confirmed that a “Russian-made missile” hit its territory.
On the Lithuanian side, President Gitanas Nauseda said he was “worried” about the news from Poland. “Every inch of NATO territory must be defended!” “, he tweeted.