BALI, Indonesia — President Biden pledged his support for a full investigation into the blast that killed two people in Poland on Wednesday, but suggested to reporters that the exploding missile was unlikely to have been launched from Russia.
It was not clear from the president’s remarks whether he meant that the missile was unlikely to have been launched from within Russia’s territorial borders or was unlikely to have been launched by Russian forces in Ukraine or elsewhere.
When asked by a reporter if the missile “was launched from Russia,” Mr. Biden replied, “There is preliminary information that disputes it.”
“I don’t want to say that until we have fully investigated the matter,” he said. But “the trajectory” of the missile makes it “unlikely that it was launched from Russia,” he added.
Mr. Biden and allies, including leaders of the wealthy Group of 7 nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, called an emergency meeting to discuss the blast on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali. In brief comments afterwards, Mr Biden said leaders had agreed to support Poland’s probe into the blast.
“I’m going to make sure we find out exactly what happened,” Biden said. “And then we will consider our next step and how to proceed together.”
The president also criticized Russia’s recent rocket attacks on Ukraine, which cut power to millions of Ukrainians on Tuesday in one of the widest airstrikes since Moscow forces invaded in February.
“They were absolutely unscrupulous about what they were doing. Completely ruthless,” said Mr. Biden. “The moment the world came together at the G20 to urge de-escalation, Russia decided to escalate in Ukraine while we meet.”