While attending the G20 summit in Bali, President Joe Biden convened an emergency meeting of world leaders to address the missile strike in eastern Poland near the Ukraine border which left two people dead.
Initially, the Associated Press reported that Tuesday’s explosion was from a Russian missile, but that story was later retracted. Poland’s foreign ministry said earlier on Tuesday that the missile that landed in the Polish village of Przewodów was Russian made.
However, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda remained cautious about its origin, saying officials were not sure who fired the missile or where it was made. Duda said the missile was “most probably” Russian-made.
But both Russia and Ukraine have been using stocks of Soviet-era missiles during the war. Later, the AP took the initial report offline and replaced it with an editor’s note stating that the single source, an unnamed senior intelligence official, had incorrect information and “subsequent reporting showed” that while Russian-made, the missile was “most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.”
During his press conference on Tuesday, the president told reporters that it was “unlikely” the missile was fired from Russia based on the trajectory but added that the investigation was ongoing and “we’ll see.”
The president also told reporters that the “scores and scores” of Russia’s missile strikes on Ukraine were “totally unacceptable” and called for a de-escalation in the nearly nine-month conflict.
The emergency meeting Biden convened last Wednesday included German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, EU President Ursula von der Leyen, and EC President Charles Michel.
It was reported this week that the Associated Press fired investigative reporter James LaPorta, the journalist who initially reported that the missile fired into Poland was from the Russians, according to the Daily Beast’s Confider newsletter.