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G7, NATO leaders ready to support Poland’s investigation into missile blast — statement

"We agree to remain in close touch to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation proceeds," the statement says

BALI /Indonesia/, November 16. /TASS/. In a joint statement on Wednesday, leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) and NATO countries declared their support to Poland’s investigation into the missile blast near the border with Ukraine.

"We discussed the explosion that took place in the eastern part of Poland near the border with Ukraine," the statement says. "We offer our full support for and assistance with Poland's ongoing investigation. We agree to remain in close touch to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation proceeds."

The leaders expressed their condolences to the families of the victims.

The talks were attended by US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Poland’s Radio Zet reported on Tuesday citing unofficial sources that two missiles hit grain dryers in the village of Przewodow in eastern Poland’s Lublin Voivodeship, close to the border with Ukraine. According to the report, two people were killed in the incident. Polish President Andrzej Duda said it was yet unclear where the missile came from. Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreyev was summoned to the Polish Foreign Ministry in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden told reporters on Bali preliminary information contested claims that the missile that fell in Poland on Tuesday was fired from Russia.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Russian military had performed no strikes targeting the Ukrainian-Polish border zone. "The wreckage published by Polish mass media from the scene in Przewodow have no relation to Russian firepower," the ministry said in a statement.