Emergency G7-EU meeting in Bali after missile launch in Poland

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The heads of state and government of the USA, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan began meeting shortly before 03:00 (Greece time), while the leaders of Spain, of the Netherlands and the president of the European Council

The leaders of the G7 major powers are meeting today in Bali, Indonesia, after a “Russian-made” missile was fired at Poland that killed two people, AFP envoys said.

The heads of state and government of the USA, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan began meeting shortly before 03:00 (Greece time), while the leaders of Spain, of the Netherlands and the president of the European Council. Attendees did not express themselves at this meeting, which is ongoing behind closed doors.

The Reuters news agency notes that this emergency meeting was organized at the initiative of Joe Biden.

All participating states, except Japan, are NATO members, as is Poland.

If Moscow is found responsible for the missile strike, Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s founding treaty, under which an attack on any member state is treated as an attack on all, could be triggered and consultations could begin on a possible military reaction.

Asked by reporters if he wanted to share what he knew about yesterday’s incident in Poland before the talks began, Mr. Biden responded with a one-word “no.” When asked if Russia was to blame, he did not answer.

It is not clear how long the meeting will last or whether press statements will be made afterward.

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