November 17, 2022: -U.S. President Joe Biden stated that it is doubtful that the rocket that hit Poland and caused two people to be killed was fired from Russia. Still, the United States and its allies unanimously admitted to supporting the country’s investigation.
“I’m going to ensure we figure out exactly what happened,” Biden added.
On Wednesday morning, Polish officials stated a “Russian-made missile” landed on its soil and killed two people. It would mark the first time in Russia’s war in Ukraine commencing in February of this year that a Russian projectile reached NATO territory.
“There is preliminary knowledge that contests that,” Biden stated when asked if the missile was fired from Russia.
“I don’t want to say until we investigate. It is unlikely that it was sent from Russia in the lines of the trajectory, but we’ll see.”
Biden did not address if the missile could have been fired by Russia from Ukraine or elsewhere.
Biden speaks in Bali, Indonesia, where he attends the Group of 20 summits, a meeting of the largest economies
of the world.
Reportedly, Biden has said any attack on NATO soil will be added as an attack on all of the alliance members. According to the White House, he is speaking with Polish President Andrzej Duda following the explosion offering his complete support. He spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a different call, the White House said.
Before speaking to reporters, Biden convened a “like-minded leaders” meeting on the situation. Participants, which include G-7 members and allies, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Japanese Prime Minister and European Council President.
“We will collectively determine our step as we investigate and proceed,” Biden added. “There was total unanimity among people at the table.”
Biden stated the Group talks about Russia’s recent missile attacks in Ukraine, which says the country’s aggression has been “unconscionable.”
“The moment when the world is coming together at the G-20 to urge de-escalation, Russia is keeping to escalate in Ukraine,” Biden said. “While we were meeting, there were scores of missile attacks in western Ukraine. We have supported Ukraine fully at this moment; we have since the beginning of the conflict.”