President Joe Biden has disputed the statement by his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky about the origin of a missile that landed in Poland.
The world was on tenterhooks on Tuesday after a missile landed in the eastern Polish town of Przewodow, killing two people, and the first incident from the war in Ukraine that had directly impacted a NATO member.
Under Article 5 of NATO’s charter, an attack on one of the alliance’s 30 members is considered an attack on all, and the strike raised the possibility of an escalation in the war.
While the Russian Ministry of Defense denied responsibility, Zelensky was clear that the explosion was caused by a Russian missile. “I have no doubt that it was not our missile,” he said in a TV address.
But Biden, who once said that the U.S. would defend “every inch” of NATO soil, was among the first leaders to hold back from immediately placing blame, telling reporters at the G20 in Bali, Indonesia, the missile’s trajectory showed “it’s unlikely” that it was fired from Russia.
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