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Nato says Poland blast likely caused by Ukrainian missile, but Moscow bears responsibility

Nato says Poland blast likely caused by Ukrainian missile, but Moscow bears responsibility
A Ukrainian serviceman rides atop an APC as his unit travels in the Kherson area, 15 November 2022 (issued by 16 November) amid the Russian invasion. The Ukrainian army is pushing Russian troops from occupied territory in the south of the country in a counter attack. Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February 2022 starting a conflict that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian crisis. EPA-EFE/GEORGE IVANCHENKO

Nato's secretary-general said on Wednesday the blast in Poland is likely to have been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile but that Russia was ultimately responsible because it started the war.

They are responsible for the war that has caused this situation,” Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference after an emergency meeting of Nato ambassadors. “Let me be clear: this is not Ukraine’s fault.”

Stoltenberg said the incident proved the risks of the war in Ukraine but had not changed the military alliance’s assessment of threat against its members. He added that there was no indication that Russia was preparing offensive military actions against Nato allies.

Meanwhile, Poland signalled it may in the end not invoke Nato’s article 4, which provides for consultations among allies in the face of a security threat, since the blast is likely to have been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile and not by Russia.

After the missile that landed on a Polish grains facility initially raised global alarm that the Ukraine war could spill into neighbouring countries, news that it was probably not fired by Russia helped ease the pressure.

Stoltenberg welcomed that more alliance members said they were ready to provide air defence means. He announced no immediate Nato measures but said a contact group on Ukraine would meet later in the day, with the main focus on air defence. DM

By Sabine Siebold

(Additional reporting by John Chalmers in Brussels, Jan Lopatka in Prague, Andrius Sytas in Vilnius, John Irish in ParisWriting by Ingrid Melander; Editing by John Chalmers)


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