OTTAWA- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended an emergency meeting of G7 and NATO leaders, called by U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday in Indonesia following a report that Poland announced. It was conducting an investigation in connection with an unidentified Russian-made missile struck their territory. As a result, killing two of its citizens.
Trudeau, along with leaders in Bali for his participation in the G20 summit. Latest developments are what he has been informed of. According to the Tweet from Justin on Tuesday evening. Also, expressed his sympathy deeply to the Polish people.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly told reporters on the eve of the meeting. That “important discussions” were taking place alongside allies. Thus, as NATO military alliance debated what to do in response to the possibility of escalating conflict. That is, with Russia and Ukraine.
BIDEN CLEARED THE REPORTERS REGARDS TO THE MISSILES:
Following the emergency conference, Biden told reporters. It was “unlikely” that the missile had originated from Russia. However, there was “total consensus among those around that table”. Specifically, to back Poland’s investigation of the attack.
The Polish government had confirmed that its foreign minister had summoned the Russian ambassador to Moscow on Monday. Obviously, in a meeting that “demanded urgent explanations.” According, to a press release. Effectively, which came just a few hours before Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the strike. Hence, as a “very significant increase.”
Polish president Andrzej Duda qualified his officials the statement by declaring to reporters that it was “most likely” Russian. Isn’t yet checked, however, is the information. In addition to this, the authorities don’t know the exact source of the missile.
The country’s premier Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, declared that his government was investigating. Furthermore, enhancing its military readiness. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency meeting of the alliance’s military ambassadors. Importantly, to discuss the situation.
Established off-course is the NATO alliance. Following the Second World War. Thus, as a protection against the Soviet Union. It currently has 30 members spanning North America and Europe.
The tenet of the constitution, Article 5. Stipulates that any “armed attack” against a single member is an attack on all. Further, could provoke a self-defense response by allies together as a unit.
It needed to be clarified if Tuesday’s events fall in this category. Alternatively, if they could be included in the category of Article 4. An article which says member states can convene an informal meeting with their fellow members. Thus, when they feel that their independence or security is at risk.
ANITA ANAND FROM DEFENSE APPRECIATES & ACCEPTS CANADIAN INVOLVEMENT:
Defense Minister Anita Anand had said earlier Tuesday that Canada was keeping an eye on the situation. “I’m receiving information regarding the report, and I’m very close in contact with our Polish allies right now. It’s not wise for me to make further comments.”. Anand said on her entry into the House of Commons. Thus, before the question period.
Vice-Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in French. That she didn’t have any specific remarks to make. However, she and other high-ranking officials were in contact with allies.
However, Conservative defense criticism James Bezan explicitly blamed the deaths in Poland on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bezan tweeted via Twitter that the party has a strong stance against Putin. Most importantly, for “the inhumane attack on the missiles” and “our sincerest condolences go for the citizens from Poland. Hence, as well as Ukraine in the wake of losing their citizens.”
The Russian Defense Ministry denied launching strikes near the border between Poland and Ukraine. The ministry also accused Polish officials and media of intentionally escalating the conflict.
The Associated Press had reported earlier Tuesday using two sources. Including, an official from the U.S. intelligence official. Primarily, that Russian missiles crossed Polish territories during a colossal blast. A blast that struck the power grid of Ukraine. Furthermore, cut power to large portions of Moldova.
Killed on the Tuesday afternoon were two people according to the Polish media. Exactly, when a projectile struck a region in which grain was drying in Przewodow. That is, in a town near an area bordering Ukraine.
POLISH STATEMENTS ARE INCOMPLETE REGARDS TO THE STRIKE:
The Polish statements have yet to address the specifics of the strike. The possibility of an error in targeting. Alternatively, whether the missile may have been lost in the air by Ukrainian missile defenses.
The recent events have raised concerns that the current conflict in Ukraine could spill over. That is, into the eastern part of Europe. Furthermore, trigger a more significant dispute between Russia and NATO. A conflict which has supported Ukraine with weapons and money. However, but not with the troops.
Stoltenberg stated in a statement that he had spoken to Duda. Concerning “the blast” at the time of “the explosion” in Poland. “I have offered my condolences for deaths,” he added.
But, Stoltenberg also said that the alliance was monitoring the situation. Furthermore, that all Allies were in close communication with one another. Still, it is “important that all the facts are proven.”
Biden talked to Stoltenberg and Duda on Tuesday after the two were awakened in sleeping hours in Indonesia. It was well past midnight before the initial stories were made public concerning Poland.
The transcript of the phone call with Duda, published by the White House. Says Biden “offered all U.S. support for and assistance to Poland’s investigation” of the incident. An incident that is precisely called “the blast.”
“President Biden reaffirmed the United States “unbreakable commitment” towards NATO,” the readout states. “The two leaders agreed the teams they were working with. Thus, must be in constant contact to decide on the best next steps in the investigation.”
A KEY STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR. PATEL FROM US STATE DEPT.:
Vedant Patel, the deputy spokesman for the U.S. State Department, was quoted as saying earlier on Tuesday that “we are not trying to overestimate the possibilities” and “we don’t know the details of what’s transpired to date.”
Zelenskyy immediately claimed Russia of firing missiles into Poland. Hence, while he called another time the NATO allies. Obviously, to increase their support for Poland.
“To the borders of our nation, it’s the Terror that’s not limited. Russian missiles struck Poland,” Zelenskyy wrote in Ukrainian in a post on the social media website Telegram.
“To shoot missiles at NATO territories, this is an act of Russian missile attack against collective security! This is a significant escalation. We have to act.”
Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. A minister whose country is home to an army of 2,000 soldiers. Furthermore, the NATO forces commanded by 700 Canadian troops, blamed Russia.
“(The) crime-making Russian regime launched missiles. These are missiles & artilleries that targeted not just Ukrainian civilians. However, also landed in NATO territories in Poland,” Pabriks said on Twitter. “Latvia is fully in solidarity with Polish family and friends and strongly condemns the crime.”
Forty Canadian Military engineers working in Poland are in the process of training Ukrainian forces.