Biden calls for ’emergency’ meeting of NATO leaders after reports of Russian missile hitting Poland


NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — President Joe Biden convened an “emergency” meeting of G7 and NATO leaders in Indonesia on Wednesday morning for consultations after NATO ally Poland said that a “Russian-made” missile had killed two people in the eastern part of his country near the Ukrainian border.

Biden, who was awakened overnight by staff with news of the missile explosion, called Polish President Andrzej Duda early Wednesday to express his “deep condolences” for the loss of life. The US president pledged “full US support and assistance to Poland’s investigation” and “reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to NATO”.

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A statement from the Polish Foreign Ministry identified the missile as being made in Russia. But Polish President Duda was more cautious about its origin, saying officials were unsure who fired it or where it was made. He said it was “most likely” Russian-made, but that is still being verified. If confirmed, it would be the first time since the invasion of Ukraine that a Russian weapon has fallen on a NATO country.

The foundation of the NATO alliance is the principle that an attack on one member is an attack on all.


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