Live: France urges ‘extreme caution’ over origins of strike in Poland

France urged “extreme caution” on Wednesday about the origin of a deadly missile attack on member Poland, saying many countries in the region have similar weapons. Follow ’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

06:42: Blinken calls Polish, Ukrainian FMs about missile attack

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called his Polish and Ukrainian counterparts on Wednesday after a deadly missile attack in Poland and promised coordination as “we determine appropriate next steps”.

“We pledged to remain closely coordinated in the coming days as the investigation progresses and we decide on appropriate next steps,” Blinken said in a tweet as US President met with allies on the sidelines of the G20 summit in to discuss the explosion.

06:42: Biden and Sunak call Russian bombing of Ukrainian civilians ‘barbaric’

US President Joe Biden and his British counterpart Rishi Sunak called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s targeting of civilians in Ukraine “barbaric” on Wednesday at a G20 summit in Bali.

“At a moment when world leaders here in Bali are trying to make progress on world peace, Putin is hitting civilian targets — children, women. I mean, it’s almost — my words, not yours — barbaric,” Biden said at a meeting with Sunak.

The British , meeting Biden for the first time since taking office, said: “I agree with your words – barbaric.”

They spoke as tensions rose over the deaths of two people when a missile struck inside Poland, across the Ukrainian border.

06:40: France urges ‘extreme caution’ over origins of strike in Poland

France on Wednesday urged “extreme caution” about the origin of a deadly missile attack on NATO member Poland, saying many countries in the region have similar weapons.

“It is logical that we approach the issue with the utmost caution,” a French presidential official said.

“Identifying the type of missile will not necessarily identify who is behind it,” the official said, warning of the “significant risks of escalation.”

“This is a subject where we don’t want to make a mistake,” the official added.

06:28: Indonesia’s leader tells G20 meeting countries must ‘stop the war’

Indonesia’s leader and chairman of the G20 major economies, Joko Widodo, said on Wednesday that countries must “stop the war”, in opening remarks at a meeting during the G20 summit.

His comments come amid discussions about the economic impact of the war in Ukraine and concerns over explosions near Poland’s border with Ukraine.

04:34: Poland likely to invoke NATO Article 4, will raise missile blast with UN

Poland is likely to request NATO Article 4 consultations after a missile, reportedly Russian-made, struck Polish territory near the border with Ukraine, raising the issue at a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, officials said.

Two people were killed in an explosion in a village 6 kilometers (3.5 miles) from the border, and Polish President said Poland had no conclusive evidence showing who fired the missile.

03:52: The UN chief warns of an escalating conflict in Ukraine

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted early Wednesday that he was “very concerned by reports of a missile exploding on Polish territory.”

The UN chief added that “it is imperative to avoid escalating the war in Ukraine.”

3:30 a.m.: Poland explosion may not come from missile fired from Russia, Biden says

The United States and its NATO allies are investigating the blast that killed two in Poland, but early information suggests it may not have been caused by a missile fired from Russia, US President Joe Biden said.

Biden spoke after global leaders gathered for the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, held an emergency meeting on Wednesday following deadly explosions in Poland that Ukraine and Polish authorities said were caused by Russian-made missiles.

Asked if it was too early to say the missile was fired from Russia, Biden said: “There is preliminary information that disputes that. I don’t want to say that until we’ve fully investigated it, but it’s unlikely on the trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we’ll see.”

The US and NATO countries would investigate fully before acting, he added.

01:15: G7 leaders arrange emergency summit after Poland missile attack, Kyodo news agency reports

Group of Seven leaders are holding an emergency summit on Wednesday in response to a missile attack in Poland, Kyodo news agency said, citing a Japanese source.

A meeting in and Britain planned for the same day has been put on hold, according to the report.

00:57: No concrete evidence of who fired the missile, says Poland’s Duda

Poland has no concrete evidence to show who fired the missile that caused an explosion in a village near the Ukrainian border, the president said on Wednesday

“We have no conclusive evidence at the moment about who fired this missile… it was most likely a Russian-made missile, but all this is still under investigation at the moment,” Andrzej Duda told reporters.

12:38 PM: Poland increases surveillance of its airspace, PM says

Poland has decided to increase surveillance of its airspace, Prime Minister said on Wednesday, as he confirmed that Poland is studying the possibility of requesting consultations under Article 4 of the NATO alliance agreement.

12:04: Biden offers Poland full American support in explosion investigations

President Joe Biden offered his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda full American support with the country’s investigation into an explosion that killed two people near the border with Ukraine, the White House said.

“President Biden offered full American support for and assistance with the Poland investigation,” the White House said after the pair spoke.

NATO allies are investigating unconfirmed reports that the blast was caused by stray Russian missiles.

12.02pm: UK investigating ‘urgent’ reports of missiles landing in Poland

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a tweet on Tuesday that his country is urgently investigating reports of a missile attack in Poland and will support allies as they determine what happened.

“We are also coordinating with our international partners, including NATO,” Sunak said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

Live: France urges 'extreme caution' over origins of strike in Poland

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Live: France urges 'extreme caution' over origins of strike in Poland


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