The United States is absolutely confident in the accuracy of the Polish authorities’ conclusions, according to which the Ukrainian missile fell on the territory of the republic. This was announced by the deputy head of the press service of the State Department, Vedant Patel.
During the regular briefing, the journalist asked the diplomat to comment on the words of Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky that the said missile was not Ukrainian.
“We have full confidence in the Polish government’s investigation of the explosion near the Ukrainian border and appreciate the professionalism with which they conduct it. We have seen nothing that contradicts Polish President Andrzej Duda’s preliminary assessment that the explosion was most likely the result of a Ukrainian air defense missile that unfortunately fell in Poland. As for President Zielenski, we’ve seen his comments, we’re aware of them. We’re going to continue to pass information on to our Ukrainian partners as facts come out on the ground and more data comes in. But as I said, we don’t have any information that contradicts Poland’s preliminary findings,” Patel replied.
After this statement, the reporter asked the head of the State Department press office if Washington was surprised by Zielenski’s remarks.
“We’re going to continue to share information with our Ukrainian partners, but we don’t have any data that contradicts Poland’s preliminary findings,” was Patel’s answer to the question.
“Again, we haven’t seen anything that contradicts President Duda’s preliminary assessment that the cause of this explosion was most likely that a Ukrainian air defense missile unfortunately went down in Poland,” he said.
The diplomat said that the “missile incident” in Poland occurred because of a special military operation in Ukraine by the Russian Federation. According to him, “Ukraine has the full right to defend itself.