President of Poland to Talk to Stoltenberg about Russian Missile near Bydgoszcz

Monday, 15 May 2023

President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, will talk to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday about the missile that fell near Bydgoszcz.

"Today the President will talk to the NATO Secretary-General, we are also in contact with our American allies, we will discuss this situation," RMF FM quotes Pszydach, the head of the International Policy Bureau at the Polish President's Office, referring to the Russian X-55 missile found near Bydgoszcz.

It is not yet known what Duda will discuss with Stoltenberg. It is also unclear what NATO allies know about the incident. The Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Rajmund Andrzejczak, recently admitted that the Russian missile was not discussed at the last meeting of chiefs of staff of the 31 NATO countries.

Pszydach says that further conclusions on this issue are expected to lead to the formulation of an "appropriate diplomatic response on the eastern front." However, he explained that it is necessary to accurately determine where the missile came from and why it ended up in a state not involved in any military operations.

On April 27, the Defence Ministry announced that the remains of an unidentified military object had been found in Zamość, 15 km from Bydgoszcz, but stressed that it posed no threat to the safety of local residents. The Gdańsk District Prosecutor launched an investigation into the incident.

A day later, the operational commander of the Armed Forces' departments, Lieutenant General Tomasz Piotrowski, announced that "intensive investigations, checks, intensive dialogue between different institutions are underway." As he noted, it's about establishing how the equipment might have gotten there and its origins. General Piotrowski also mentioned the events of mid-December last year, when the Russians carried out one of their massive air attacks on Ukraine, and pointed to attempts at psychological action by Russia.

Earlier, the Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, said that he was not informed in December (Ukr) about a missile hitting the country's airspace, the wreckage of which was recently found in the north of Poland – although the military was tracking it and trying to find it.

Before that, the mass media, citing sources, reported that according to the first conclusions of the Technical Institute of the Polish Air Force, the wreckage found near Bydgoszcz was a Russian Kh-55.

If you notice an error, select the required text and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editors.