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Poland began consultations with NATO and the EU after the missile strike

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In addition, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “I spoke to President Duda about the explosion in Poland. I offered my condolences for the loss of life. NATO is monitoring the situation and the Allies are consulting closely. Important to establish all the facts“, said.

https://twitter.com/jensstoltenberg/status/1592627634042986497

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From the US, an intelligence official said that the attack was carried out with Russian missiles, but the Pentagon released a statement warning that they are “aware of the press reports” although “they have no information to corroborate them.”

Meanwhile, the The Russian government described the information provided by the Polish press as “provocations”. “The statements by the Polish media and official officials about an alleged fall of Russian missiles near the town of Przewodow are an intentional provocation seeking to escalate the situation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.

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Round of consultations and call to the National Security Council

In that framework, Poland began a round of consultations with partners at NATO and the European Union level, to analyze the steps to follow. At the same time, he called an emergency meeting of his National Security Council.

In dialogue with the half polish FaktThe general Roman Polko, member of the Security and Defense Council of President Andrzej Duda, referred to the fact by noting that “if a rocket landed there, it was certainly not intentional” and ruled out that it was the work of Russia: “Putin has so far feared the alliance of NATO, and even if they wanted to initiate some aggressive action, it would not be because some stray missile landed on Polish territory”.

Given this, Polko said that “it is difficult” to speak of a “counterattack” since the veracity of the events is unknown.

Meanwhile, Hungary also convened its Defense Council.

For its part, through its social networks, the Estonian Foreign Ministry has indicated that the situation is of “maximum concern” and has stressed that there are currently consultations with Warsaw and other allies. “Estonia is ready to defend every inch of NATO territory, we stand in solidarity with Poland,” he pointed out.

In the same sense, the president of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda, who pointed out that “every inch of NATO territory must be defended” and has confirmed that he is in talks with the Polish authorities.

https://twitter.com/GitanasNauseda/status/1592598312678395904

The caution on the part of the dome of the NATO and the US when talking about the fact reflects the risk of escalation in which the parties may fall in case of sustaining a formal accusation against Moscow. It is that if it was a Russian attack, it could imply the activation of article 5 of the treaty: the attack against one of the members of the alliance will be interpreted as an attack against all its members.

“The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them, taking place in Europe or in North America, will be considered as an attack directed against all of them“, says the regulations drafted in April 1949 when NATO was created, in times of the cold war.

Accordingly, they agree that If such an attack occurs, each one of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defense recognized by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will help the Party or Parties attackedsubsequently adopting, individually and in agreement with the other Parties, the measures it deems necessary”, it continues.

Source: Ambito

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