As the world edges closer to nuclear World War III over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden tersely refused a reporter’s question about the reported Russian missile strike on Poland Tuesday that killed two Poles in a farm town on the border with Ukraine.
— Telewizja Republika 🇵🇱 #włączprawdę (@RepublikaTV) November 15, 2022
Biden had called for an emergency meeting of Western allied leaders Wednesday morning local time at the G20 Summit in Bali. In attendance were leaders from France, Germany, USA, Spain, Canada, UK, Italy, Japan, EU, Netherlands, and the European Commission.
Reporter: “Mr. President, can you tell us what you know so far about the explosion in Poland, sir?”
Reporter: “Mr. President, can you tell us what you know about the explosion in Poland?”
*press gets shooed out of the room by Biden’s handlers* pic.twitter.com/xSmGt4uLHz
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 16, 2022
The White House set a YouTube live feed of the meeting with this descriptor, “President Biden discusses a meeting with world leaders on the explosion that took place in the eastern part of Poland and the United States’ commitment to support Poland’s investigation.”
It was also described as “President Biden holds an emergency round table with world leaders, Bali, Indonesia.” The live feed did not happen. The video now shows just a few seconds of the pool spray featured above but without audio.
President Biden will have an “emergency roundtable” with other world leaders in Bali shortly, according to the White House website.
Live stream link: https://t.co/IXADrLnhB8
(Thanks to colleagues @cmsub)
— Courtney Rozen (@courtneyrozen) November 16, 2022
Earlier Poland issued a statement confirming the deadly missile was Russian made.
📄 Statement on summoning the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Polish MFA pic.twitter.com/bXc7qh676A
— Ministry of Foreign Affairs 🇵🇱 (@PolandMFA) November 16, 2022
An emergency NATO meeting will be held on Wednesday where Poland will likely invoke Article 4-emergency consultation.
Article 4 is when a nato member is threatened, and calls for consultations.
Biden’s call with Poland’s Prez ended at 5:30 am local time in Indonesia. Reflects the urgency of the situation.
It’s 11:15 pm in Poland, 1:15 am in Russia and 5:15 pm in Washington
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) November 15, 2022
The White House released a readout of Biden’s call with Polish President Andrzej Fuda Tuesday evening DC time before the Bali meeting.
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Andrzej Duda of Poland and expressed deep condolences for the loss of life in Eastern Poland earlier this evening. President Duda described Poland’s ongoing assessment of the explosion that took place in the eastern part of the country near the border with Ukraine. President Biden offered full US support for and assistance with Poland’s investigation. President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to NATO. The two leaders said that they and their teams should remain in close touch to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation proceeds.”
Russia has denied being behind the missile attack.
The wreckage published in hot pursuit by the Polish media from the scene in the village of Przewoduv has nothing to do with Russian weapons — Russia Defense Ministry
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) November 15, 2022