The repercussions of the fall of missiles inside Polish territory are still continuing, as the Belgian Minister of Defense, Ludivine Dedonder, said, on Wednesday, that the explosion that killed two people in eastern Poland was “the result of Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense systems used to intercept Russian missiles.”
“Investigations are continuing and there is currently no indication that it was a deliberate attack,” the minister added in a statement, according to Agence France-Presse.
The Polish President, Andrzej Duda, had made it clear earlier that his country did not have any concrete evidence about who fired the missile that caused an explosion in a village near the Ukrainian border.
Duda told reporters: “We do not have any conclusive evidence at the present time about who fired this missile … It is most likely a Russian-made missile, but everything is still under investigation at the present time.”
And earlier, a spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lukasz Yasina, had announced that a Russian-made missile fell in Poland on Tuesday at 14:40 GMT, killing two people in the village of Privodov.
The spokesman said, “A Russian-made missile fell, killing two citizens of the Republic of Poland,” referring to the summoning of the Russian ambassador to Poland to obtain “immediate, detailed explanations.”
On the other hand, Reuters reported, quoting a NATO source, that US President Joe Biden told NATO and the G7 partners that the explosion in Poland was the result of the Ukrainian air defense.
The source said, “Biden told the G7 and NATO partners that the explosion in Poland was caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile.”
In the same context, US officials confirmed to the Associated Press that preliminary results indicated that the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces to intercept a Russian missile.
‘High risk of escalation’
For its part, France called for a “maximum degree of caution” about the source of the missile, which fell in Poland, with the declaration of “several countries” in the region that possess the same type of weapon, warning of a “great risk of escalation.”
The French presidency affirmed that “given the stakes, it is logical that we deal with the issue with the utmost caution,” noting that there are “great risks of escalation in the region.”
An adviser to the French president said: “There is a lot of equipment in the region and a large concentration of weapons. A large number of countries possess the same type of weapons, and therefore determining the type of missile does not necessarily mean determining who fired it.”
Another adviser to the president stated, “You have to look at the facts very carefully, look at the information and the sky maps and see the satellite data. This is an issue that we can’t go wrong with.”
Later, the Kremlin announced that it welcomed the American “restraint” in the reaction to the fall of the missile in Poland
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, there were no strikes on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish border that day, and the published photos of some of the wreckage are unrelated to the Russian weapons.
The ministry pointed out that all Polish media statements about the alleged fall of “Russian” missiles are a deliberate provocation with the aim of escalation.
It should be noted that Ukraine had accused Russia of targeting Polish territory with a missile strike.