G20 summit: Biden says allies will work with ‘complete unanimity’ after Russian-made missile hits Poland, kills 2
USA President Joe Biden On his last day at the G20 in Indonesia, he emerged from an emergency meeting with top allies and vowed to “find out what happened” after a Russian missile fell on the NATO ally’s border.
“We have agreed to support Poland’s investigation into the bombing in Poland near the Ukrainian border and we will make sure we find out exactly what happened,” Biden told reporters after an emergency roundtable with leaders at the G20 summit.
Biden added: “Then we will jointly determine the next step in the investigation.”
The president left the meeting in Bali on Wednesday morning local time. The talks came after Poland’s foreign ministry said a “Russian-made missile” had fallen in the village of Przewodow on Tuesday evening. Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that the missile that landed in Poland on Tuesday was “probably an accident” by the Ukrainian side while intercepting incoming Russian missiles.
The statement appears to confirm what Biden said when he spoke to the press after being asked about whether the missile was fired from Russia.
“There is preliminary information to the contrary,” he replied.
He added: “I don’t want to say that until we’ve fully investigated. In Trajectory’s mind, it is unlikely that it was fired from Russia. But we will see.”
The Ministry of Defense of Russia denied that targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border were struck.
The round table included Biden and the leaders of the G7 and NATO. The meeting was attended by Biden and the leaders of Canada, the European Union, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, officials said.
The president said that “there is unanimity among the people at the table” about how to react to the incident. He did not give any other details about where the missile came from.
In an earlier conversation with Duda, Biden “expressed his condolences for the loss of life in eastern Poland,” the White House said in a statement.
“President Duda described Poland’s assessment of the explosion that occurred in the eastern part of the country near the border with Ukraine. “President Biden offered the United States full support and assistance in the investigation of Poland,” the report said.
Biden “reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to NATO” and the leaders agreed to “keep their teams in close contact to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation continues.”
At the summit, Biden and most G20 members are expected to sign a statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine and the human suffering it has caused, both for Ukrainians and for families in developing countries facing food and fuel insecurity. “said a senior official of the administration, who is reviewing the statement in advance. Such accusations were the work of months of diplomacy between G20 leaders. It is not yet known which countries will sign the declaration.
Before embarking on the long trip to Washington, Biden participated in a mangrove tree planting with other G20 leaders. He also met British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for the first time since Sunak took office last month.
Sunak took over as prime minister late last month when he replaced Liz Truss, now the shortest-serving prime minister in UK history. Truss resigned six weeks later for a term that toppled Britain political and economic turmoil. Sunak the first person of color and the first Hindu to rule Britain. He is also the youngest person to hold the office in over 200 years.
White House officials have been waiting for a split-screen moment this week as Biden meets with world leaders in Bali as his predecessor announces a third presidential run.
But the dynamic intensified as Biden called the emergency talks at an hour when Trump loyalists filled the Mar-a-Lago ballroom for former President Donald Trump’s announcement.
Biden held crisis talks in Bali with members of the G7 and NATO — two groups that have questioned Trump’s usefulness while in office.
Less than 10 minutes after speaking with reporters, Trump took the stage at Mar-a-Lago.
Biden’s advisers on the trip weren’t particularly concerned about the split screen, and after better-than-expected Democratic midterm elections, Biden was even less wary of Trump announcing a third presidential candidate while in Asia.
First, Biden officials are happy to draw comparisons between the current president and his predecessor on the foreign stage, given the general chaos Trump often encounters on foreign trips.
Biden’s team also contrasts the president’s newfound standing among Democrats favorably with Trump’s post-midterm standing in the Republican Party — a still-evolving picture but showing signs of erosion.
Trump’s announcement will no doubt put renewed focus on Biden’s decision to run for re-election. By all accounts, including his closest advisers, Biden will be eager to seek a second term if Trump runs.
During their meetings in Asia this week, Biden was congratulated by fellow leaders after the midterm results, a sign that American political contests are being closely watched by leaders on opposite sides of the world.
It was a phenomenon that surprised some of his aides, especially a feature that many leaders observed. According to one senior administration official, it was a sign that the stakes of the midterm elections were reaching beyond US borders. Biden himself has called the race a matter of putting democracy on the ballot—highly attuned as leaders in foreign capitals work to determine which way the political winds are blowing in the United States.
In the run-up to the election, foreign diplomats sent to Washington have toured the country, working to cool the political temperature to gauge whether Trump is ready for a political comeback.
If the election deniers and Trump aides vying for the nomination signaled that the former president’s influence in Republican politics is still alive and that his return to the White House remains a real possibility, last week’s mass rejection of those candidates was sent. alternative signal abroad.
For Biden, the timing could not have been better. In preparation for his world tour in the last few weeks, he had the opportunity to eliminate the interim period. Widespread Republican victories, including those of election deniers, complicate the president’s central message that democracies will triumph over autocracies.
Trump’s campaign announcement raised the stakes as Biden rallies the world behind democratic ideals.
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