NATO braces for crisis over report of Russian missiles hitting Poland

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FILE – Flags flutter in the wind outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 7, 2022. The violence of the Russian invasion has spooked historically neutral countries like Sweden and Finland, which now see a surge in support for joining NATO. Russia lost influence and friends since the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1989. But the nuclear superpower still holds sway over several of its neighbors in Europe and keeps others in an uneasy neutrality. The Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine and the humanitarian tragedy it provoked over the past two weeks may have raised an Western outcry of heartfelt support. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File) Olivier Matthys/AP

NATO braces for crisis over report of Russian missiles hitting Poland

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team refused to contemplate the invocation of NATO’s Article 5 following reports that Russian missiles landed in Poland as the trans-Atlantic alliance awaits further information from Warsaw.

“We are still taking the important time to figure out the exact facts,” State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters in a Tuesday briefing. “Poland is an important ally and partner, and, like I said, we are working with them to determine what happened and assess next steps as well.”

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki “urgently convened” a meeting of the Polish national security and defense council on Tuesday following reports that Russian missiles landed in a Polish border town and killed two people. Moscow responded by accusing Polish officials of faking the incident “in order to escalate the situation,” even as initial Western assessments suggest that the Russian missiles landed in Poland by accident.

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“Many roads lead [to the conclusion that they] probably were Russian missiles, most likely hit by [Ukrainian] air defense and thus changed trajectory; or [alternatively they] were old Russian missiles that were not very precise,” a senior Baltic official told the Washington Examiner. “Most likely, Poland was not hit intentionally. Nevertheless, it must have very serious consequences on Russia (if proved that the missiles came from Russia). The situation is very concerning.”

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