Joe Biden, allies maintain ’emergency’ talks after missile strikes Poland: White House

U.S. President Joe Biden and leaders of key allies held “emergency” talks Wednesday after a missile hit Polish territory close to the border with Ukraine, the White House mentioned.

Leaders of the European Union and all G7 international locations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA — had been amongst these on the rapidly organized assembly in Bali, the place they’ve been participating in a G20 summit of main economies.

The White House web site known as the session an “emergency roundtable.” It occurred behind closed doorways after journalists had been requested to depart.

To a shouted query from a reporter on whether or not he might present an replace on the missile, which killed two individuals in a Polish village, Mr. Biden merely answered: “No”.

The explosion in Poland, a NATO member, instantly sparked issues that the alliance may be drawn into Russia’s practically nine-month battle in opposition to Western-backed Ukraine.

The White House has been cautious in its preliminary response and has not attributed blame for the missile.

Polish President Andrzej Duda additionally sought to calm tensions, saying there was no “unequivocal proof” for the place the missile got here from and that he noticed it as an “remoted” incident.

“Nothing signifies to us that there might be extra,” he mentioned.

In an early morning cellphone name from Bali, Biden advised Mr. Duda that “they and their groups ought to stay in shut contact to find out acceptable subsequent steps because the investigation proceeds,” the White House mentioned.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned he had reached out to his Polish and Ukrainian counterparts.

“We pledged to stay intently coordinated within the days forward because the investigation proceeds and we decide acceptable subsequent steps,” Mr. Blinken mentioned.

Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned in a tweet that he had known as for a “stiff and principled” response throughout the name with Mr. Blinken.

Mr. Biden, pictured in a White House {photograph} huddling with Mr. Blinken and his nationwide safety advisor Jake Sullivan early Wednesday, was resulting from depart Bali for Washington, DC later.

The battle in Ukraine has overshadowed the G20 assembly, with President Vladimir Putin lacking the worldwide convention and Biden main efforts to construct unity on condemnation of the Kremlin.

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