Biden convenes emergency G-7 meeting after alleged Russian missile strike in Poland

President Joe Biden convened an emergency meeting with G-7 leaders in Bali, Indonesia, after Poland claimed a Russian-made missile killed two people near its eastern border with Ukraine.

Biden was asked by reporters traveling with the president whether he would provide an update on the situation at the start of the meeting, as promised by White House aides.

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“No,” he responded Wednesday morning local time. The press pool was then ushered out of the room.

Dutch and Spanish leaders joined their G-7 counterparts in Bali, where the world’s most powerful men and women have been this week for the broader G-20 leaders summit. Russia has denied involvement in the attack.

Biden spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda earlier Wednesday and expressed his condolences over the deadly bombing.

“President Biden offered full U.S. support for and assistance with Poland’s investigation,” the White House said. “President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to NATO.”

The G-7 meeting conflicted with a previously scheduled G-20 joint appearance in which the leaders were expected to plant a mangrove tree. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the host of this year’s G-20 summit, had earlier opened the meeting calling for those gathered to “end the war” in Ukraine and bridge “wide differences” with Russia.

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“The G-20 is an economic forum, a financial forum, and diplomat forum, not a political forum,” Widodo told reporters when asked about the Polish missile strike. “So here we talk about the economy.”

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