Russia says Biden showed “restraint” in Poland’s missile response

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov praised President Biden’s response to the deadly missile strike in Poland, saying Wednesday that the US president was showing “restraint” while other countries were acting “hysterically”.

The comments come after Biden said the missile that killed two people in Poland on Tuesday was unlikely to have been launched from Russia. The Polish Foreign Ministry said earlier that a Russian-made shell landed near the village of Przyudov, near the Ukrainian border, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted that he had contacted the Polish president to discuss “Russian missile terrorism”.

“Once again, I would like to invite you to pay attention to the restrained reaction of the Americans, which contrasts with the absolutely hysterical reaction of the Polish side and a number of other countries,” Peskov said on Wednesday.

“Why did this happen? Maybe you should ask questions to Warsaw and ask Polish officials to be more restrained, more balanced and professional when they talk about such sensitive and potentially dangerous topics,” he added.

The Polish president says that the missile that fell on NATO territory was launched from Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends the annual end-of-year press conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on December 23, 2021.
(Reuters/Evgenia Novozhinina)

Peskov also said that while Biden showed “restraint,” other countries made “unfounded statements” about the missile’s link to Russia “without having any idea what happened,” according to Reuters.

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When asked by a reporter on Tuesday at the G-20 summit in Indonesia about the missile’s alleged Russian origin, Biden said, “I don’t want to say that until we fully investigate — it’s very unlikely in the minds of the track that it was fired from Russia.”

President Biden spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday night after two people were killed in Poland by Russian-made missiles.

President Biden spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday night after two people were killed in Poland by Russian-made missiles.
(White House)

Peskov also said Wednesday that he was not aware of any calls made to an emergency hotline between Russia, the United States and NATO that was set up to prevent a nuclear escalation, Reuters reported.

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Biden, in late September, issued a stern warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin about trespassing into NATO territory.

Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks at a press conference in Konstantin-Jizorna, Poland, on June 2, 2022.

Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks at a press conference in Konstantin-Jizorna, Poland, on June 2, 2022.
(AP/Michel Degauque)

Addressing the camera directly at the White House, Biden said, “America is fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every inch of NATO territory. Every single inch.” “So Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Every inch.”

Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.

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