Baltic countries pledge to NATO common defense

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Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on Tuesday took aim at Russia for the missile strike in Poland that left two dead in the border town of Przewodow, just a few kilometers from Ukraine, and said that NATO territory must be defended from external attacks.

In a message on social networks, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks accused the “criminal Russian regime” of having fired missiles not only at civilians, but also at “NATO territory in Poland”.

Pabriks has conveyed to Poland Latvia’s full support for this event, a position also adopted by the other two Baltic countries: Estonia and Lithuania.

Thus, the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda, has used the same channel to stress that “every inch of NATO territory must be defended” and has confirmed that he is in talks with the Polish authorities.

For its part, the Estonian Foreign Ministry has pointed out that the news from Poland is “the most worrying”, while confirming that it is in talks both with the Polish authorities and with those of other allied states.

“Estonia is ready to defend every inch of NATO territory. We stand in full solidarity with our close ally Poland,” the foreign ministry said on its official Twitter profile.

Polish media reported Tuesday the death of two people in Przewodow, Lublin province, after the possible impact of two stray rockets.

The incident comes on a day when Russia has launched a new wave of attacks on the western territory of Ukraine. Kiev, Lviv and many other cities have been the scene of Russian offensives, mainly targeting energy infrastructures.

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