G20 Summit: Biden says allies working in ‘total unanimity’ after Russian-made missile falls on Poland, killing 2

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US President Joe Biden emerged from an emergency meeting with top allies on his last day at the G20 in Indonesia, vowing to “find out exactly what happened” after a Russian-made missile fell within the borders of a NATO ally.

“We have agreed to support the Polish investigation into the explosion in rural Poland near the Ukrainian border and we are going to make sure we find out exactly what happened,” Biden told reporters after his emergency roundtable with leaders at the G20 top.

Biden added: “Then we will jointly determine the next step during our investigation.”

The president had just left the meeting in Bali on Wednesday morning local time. The talks came after Poland’s Foreign Ministry said late Tuesday that the “Russian-made missile” had fallen on the village of Przewodów. On Wednesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said the missile that landed in Poland on Tuesday was “probably an accident” by the Ukrainian side while intercepting incoming Russian missiles.

The statement seemed to confirm something that Biden had previously alluded to when speaking to the press after being asked if the missile had been fired from Russia.

“There is preliminary information that disputes that,” he replied.

He added: “I don’t want to say that until we’ve fully investigated it. It is unlikely in the minds of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia. But we’ll see.”

The Russian Defense Ministry had denied that there were attacks on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border.

Biden and leaders of the G7 and NATO sat at the round table. The meeting included Biden and leaders from Canada, the European Union, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, the officials said.

The president said there was “total unanimity among the people at the table” on how to respond to the incident. He gave no other information about the source of the missile.

During an earlier phone call with Duda, Biden expressed “deep condolences for the loss of life in eastern Poland earlier this evening,” the White House said in a readout.

“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 U.S. support and assistance to Poland’s investigation,” the reading continued.

Biden “reaffirmed the ironclad commitment of the United States to NATO” and the leaders agreed that their teams will “remain in close contact to determine appropriate next steps as the investigation progresses.”

At the summit, Biden and most G20 members will sign a statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine “and the human suffering it has caused both for Ukrainians and for families in the developing world who have to deal with food as a result.” – and fuel uncertainty. ”said a senior official looking ahead to the statement. Such expression of condemnation has been the work of months of diplomacy between G20 leaders. However, it is not yet clear exactly which countries will sign the statement.

Before embarking on a long journey back to Washington, Biden joined other G20 leaders in planting mangrove trees. He also met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom for the first time since Sunak took office last month.

Sunak rose to the role of prime minister late last month when he replaced Liz Truss, now the shortest-serving prime minister in British history. Truss resigned for six weeks after a term in office that plunged Britain into political and economic turmoil. Sunak is the first person of color and the first Hindu to lead the United Kingdom. He is also the youngest person in more than 200 years to hold the office.

White House officials expected a split-screen moment this week as Biden met with world leaders in Bali at the same time his predecessor announced a third presidential run.

But the momentum was heightened when Biden convened emergency talks at the same hour Trump loyalists filled the Mar-a-Lago ballroom for former President Donald Trump’s announcement.

Biden led the crisis talks with members of the G7 and NATO in Bali — two groups whose usefulness Trump questioned while in office.

Less than 10 minutes after he finished speaking to reporters, Trump walked onto the stage at Mar-a-Lago.

Heading into the trip, Biden’s advisers weren’t particularly concerned about the split screen and, following the Democrats’ better-than-expected midterm elections, were even less wary of Trump announcing a third bid for the presidency as Biden was in Asia.

First, Biden officials like to take the comparison between the current president and the former on the foreign stage, given the general chaos that often dogged Trump when he traveled abroad.

Biden’s team also believes the president’s newfound prominence among Democrats compares favorably with Trump’s post-midterm status within the Republican Party — still an evolving picture, but showing signs of erosion.

Trump’s announcement is sure to bring renewed attention to Biden’s re-election decision making. By all accounts, including from his closest advisers, Biden will feel more driven to seek a second term if Trump is in contention.

During his meetings in Asia this week, Biden has been approached by fellow leaders with congratulations following the interim results, a signal that US political contests were being closely watched by leaders on the other side of the world.

It was a phenomenon that surprised some of his aides, especially the specificity with which many of the leaders watched. According to a senior government official, it was a sign that the stakes of the midterm elections extended well beyond US borders. Biden himself had set up the contest as a way to put democracy on the line — stakes that leaders in foreign capitals were very much attuned to as they tried to determine which direction the political winds in the United States were blowing.

Prior to the election, foreign diplomats stationed in Washington toured the country to keep the political temperature up, all with the goal of determining whether Trump would be ready for a political comeback.

If the collection of election deniers and Trump acolytes vying for office sent a signal that the former president still wielded clout in Republican politics — and that his return to the White House remained a distinct possibility — then the widespread rejection of those candidates sent last week an alternative signal abroad.

For Biden, the timing couldn’t have been more appropriate. The prospect of an interim breakdown loomed in recent weeks as he prepared for his round-the-world trip. Widespread Republican victories — including by election deniers — would seriously complicate the president’s basic message that democracies will win over autocracies.

Trump’s teasing of a campaign announcement the moment Biden would rally the world behind Democratic ideals only heightened the stakes.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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