There is no indication that the Polish border village struck by a missile on Tuesday night was deliberately targeted, according to NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg. 

Speaking at a NATO press conference in Brussels today, Stoltenberg said the missile strike was the result of “offensive military actions against NATO”, but added that it “did not have the characteristics of a deliberate attack on NATO territory”. 

Stoltenberg said that based on NATO’s preliminary analysis, the strike which killed two Polish people was most likely to have been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile – echoing the words of Polish President Andrzej Duda this morning. 

When asked why the missile was not intercepted by NATO air defences in Poland, Stoltenberg said that the strike did not have the characteristics of a ballistic missile attack, which “explains why the actions were what they were”. 

Despite making it clear that the strike in Poland was not a Russian attack, the secretary general did not shy away from placing the blame on Vladimir Putin.  

He said: “Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks. 

But let me be clear. This is not Ukraine’s fault.

Russia bears ultimate responsibility, as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”

Later, Stoltenberg reaffirmed NATO’s support for Ukraine’s right to self-defence, saying: “What we do know is that the whole incident is caused by Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine, so the best way of preventing this from happening is to stop this war.” 

Continuing to support Ukraine’s war effort, Stoltenberg said, would “maximise the likelihood for a peacefully negotiated solution”. 

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