Poland Confronts Russia Over Missile Breach

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.25 - 2024 12:38 PM CET

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Poland is set to demand explanations from Russia for a missile that violated its airspace.

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The Polish Foreign Minister, Radosław Sikorski, stated that the Russian ambassador would be summoned to provide explanations for a missile incident, although he expressed doubt about receiving a straightforward answer.

Reported by TVN24, Sikorski commented on the process of summoning the Russian ambassador, noting, "we will demand an explanation, but we will probably get some demagoguery."

Sikorski mentioned plans for consultations in the Prime Minister's office and a discussion with Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance.

Responding to a question about a terrorist attack in the Moscow suburbs, Sikorski said, "Of course, we will express our condolences to the families of the victims, but at the same time, we suggest that instead of sowing terror in Ukraine, Russia should deal with terror at home."

On March 24, at 4:23 a.m., Polish airspace was breached by a maneuverable missile launched by Russia's long-range aircraft. The missile was in Polish airspace near the village of Oserdów in the Lublin Voivodeship for 39 seconds.

Following this incident, Poland plans to summon the Russian Federation's ambassador and present a note of protest.

Polish Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamys stated that Poland would shoot down any Russian missile if there were indications it was headed towards a target within Polish territory.

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