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Biden convenes ‘urgent’ meeting after rocket hit Poland


NUSA DUA, Indonesia –

President Joe Biden called an “urgent” meeting of the G7 and NATO leaders in Indonesia on Wednesday morning for consultations after Poland, a NATO ally, said a missile was “Russian-made.” export” killed two people in the east of the country near the border with Ukraine.

Biden, who was woken up by staffers during the night with news of the rocket explosion while in Indonesia for the G20 summit, phoned Polish President Andrzej Duda early Wednesday morning to express expressed “deep condolences” for the loss of life. Biden promised on Twitter “the full US support and assistance to the Polish investigation” and “reaffirmed the unwavering US commitment to NATO.”

Meeting at a large round table in his hotel ballroom, the US president hosted the G-7 leaders, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. European Union, along with the presidents of the Council of Europe and the prime ministers of the NATO allies Spain and the Netherlands.

Biden replied “no” to reporters asking if he would provide updates on the situation in Poland.

A statement from the Polish Foreign Ministry identified the missile as being manufactured in Russia. But Poland’s president, Duda, is more cautious about its origins, saying officials don’t know for sure who shot it or where it was made. He said it was “most likely” Russian-made, but that is still being verified. If confirmed, it would be the first time since the invasion of Ukraine that a Russian weapon has landed on a NATO country.

The foundation of the NATO alliance is the principle that an attack against one member is an attack on all.

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