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NATO should shoot down missiles flying towards Poland or Romania – General

A decision must be made at NATO level to shoot down missiles heading towards Poland or Romania in Ukrainian airspace.

This is what a Polish expert, ex-commander of the Polish Ground Forces and former Deputy Minister of National Defense Waldemar Skzypchak, said in a response to Ukrinform.

“NATO’s story should be this: We warn Putin that any missile flying in our direction will be shot down. We say we are defending ourselves, and within the limits of this defense we shoot down missiles flying towards, for example, Poland or Romania,” Skshipczak said.

He explained that NATO should not mention that it is helping Ukraine shoot down missiles, so as not to enter into discussions with Russia about the West’s alleged involvement in the Third World War, but rather to emphasize the protection of the territory of the Alliance countries.

According to the Polish general, a political decision on this must be taken immediately at NATO level, because it concerns the collective security of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. Moreover, this decision will also serve the interests of Ukraine.

As reported, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the fact that allies helped Israel shoot down Iranian-launched missiles and drones, and denied similar aid to Ukraine, as a double standard. The head of state emphasized that during the defense of Israel, the partner countries demonstrated that the technologies are sufficient to shoot down a significant number of Iranian missiles and UAVs, but that such a demonstration also “should have been a demonstration for Russia.” At the same time, he recalled that Russian aircraft and enemy missiles repeatedly crossed the airspace of Poland and Romania, “and there were no responses there, which speaks of double standards.” Zelensky noted that Allied aviation would then have to shoot down missiles flying over Ukraine.

On December 29 last year, one of the Russian missiles violated the airspace of Poland, stayed there for about three minutes and flew almost 40 km. At that time, two pairs of F-16 fighters were also lifted into the air in Poland.

Then, on March 24, a Russian missile again violated Poland’s airspace in the vicinity of the village of Oserdów in Lublin Voivodeship and remained there for 39 seconds.

Despite the fact that air defense forces in Poland monitored the flight paths of the missiles, no final decision was made to shoot down these missiles.