In the event that a member of NATO feels threatened, Article 4 of the NATO Charter serves as a mechanism to take effect. Polish authorities have alerted their armed forces, and they are debating whether to invoke this Article 4.
The Polish administration is still looking into the explosions that occurred in a village close to the Ukrainian border and which Kiev claims were the work of Russia.
In the event that a NATO member feels threatened, requests consultations with the other 29 member states, and then decides on a course of action that is compatible with that decision, Article 4 of the NATO Charter serves as a mechanism that is activated. When a member of the alliance is attacked from the outside, the entire alliance will defend that member. This clause contrasts with Article 5, which deals with collective defense.
Piotr Mueller, a spokesman for the Polish government, has pleaded with the public and the media “not to make unconfirmed information public” and said he won’t respond to any more inquiries regarding the case until further notice is given.
The 30 member nations of NATO are “consulting” on the case in Poland, according to Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the alliance.
Two civilians were reportedly killed in Przewodow, Poland’s Lublin province, close to the Ukrainian border, according to regional media. Rocket debris was seen in images and videos from the town that were published by Polish media. There has been some speculation in the media that these are missile pieces fired from the S-300 system, but there has been no official confirmation.
Poland likewise declined to place the responsibility for the event on Russia, despite the AP citing an unidentified US intelligence source as saying the missiles were “Russian.” However, the Pentagon maintained there was no information to corroborate this assertion.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, however, claimed that the incident in the village of Przewodow was a missile strike by Russia on NATO territory and an assault on “collective security,” and he urged the alliance to take immediate action. In retaliation to Moscow,.
The missile debris reported by Polish media “has nothing to do with Russian weapons,” according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry. Any stories claiming otherwise are “a blatant provocation aimed at intensifying the war,” according to Moscow, which asserts that no missile strikes have been conducted close to the Polish-Ukrainian border.