Watch live: NATO chief gives update after emergency meeting over Poland explosion


Jens Stoltenberg will address the press on Wednesday after chairing an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Council to address the deadly explosion in Poland linked to a Russian-made missile.

The NATO Secretary General is expected to talk at around 12:30 CET.

The meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels comes after two people were killed in eastern Ukraine, near the border with Ukraine, on Tuesday night, because of a missile.

Doubts over who had fired the missile saw Poland initially raise the spectre of invoking NATO’s Article 4 which provides for the alliance’s 30 members to “consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.”

But Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that “yesterday, countering a massive Russian missile attack on Ukrainian territory, Ukrainian forces fired missiles to shoot down Russian missiles.”

“There are many indications that one fell on Polish territory, with no such intention on either side.”

“Most of the evidence we have collected indicates that perhaps the activation of Art. 4 will not be necessary this time, but this instrument is still in our hands and we will of course make a decision on this matter,” he added.

Morawiecki has on Tuesday evening called for calm and raised the military readiness of some units. The  Russian ambassador to Poland was also summoned by the foreign ministry.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had earlier urged against drawing hasty conclusions, emphasising on Twitter: “One thing is clear: none of this would have happened without Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.”

Russian forces unleashed a barrage of missile strikes against Ukrainian civilian targets including in the capital city Kyiv on Tuesday as leaders of the G20 were gathered in Bali, Indonesia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was absent from the two-day summit, which foreign minister Sergey Lavrov attended instead.

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