The Polish ambassador to NATO said that “ultimate responsibility rests with Russia” in the aftermath of the deadly missile that landed on Polish soil on Tuesday, killing two people.
Speaking to CNN, Ambassador Tomasz Szatkowski said the incident would not have happened if Russia had not attacked Ukraine and engaged in war crimes by attacking civilian infrastructure.
“The ultimate responsibility rests with Russia,” Szatkovsky said.
When asked how the Polish people felt after the incident, Szatkowski said that “a certain level of anxiety is understandable”, adding that the authorities are doing a lot to reassure the population.
Later Wednesday, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, rejected the allegations.
“We have long ceased to be amazed at your attempts, under no circumstances despite truth or logic, to blame Russia for everything,” Nebenzia said during a UN Security Council meeting in New York.
“Today, despite clear evidence of Ukrainian-Polish provocation, many representatives of Western countries have stated that even if the missiles were launched by Ukraine, Russia is still responsible for the destruction of critical infrastructure,” Nebenzia added.
Some more context: The Polish and NATO leaders said the missile was likely fired by Ukrainian forces defending their country against a barrage of Russian strikes, and that the incident appeared to be an accident.
Poland’s investigation into the incident continues.
This is the first time that a NATO country has been hit directly during the conflict. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg also said Russia bore “ultimate responsibility” for the incident “because it continues its illegal war against Ukraine”.