When the Polish president spoke last week about Rocket explosion in a Polish village To someone he thought was his French counterpart, he was actually talking to a Russian prankster.
The office of Polish President Andrzej Duda confirmed on Tuesday that the call took place last week after an audio recording that two Russian online scammers said they were behind was circulated.
The Russian duo has a history of deceiving high-profile people and is believed to have links to the Russian security services.
Russian scammers Vovan and Lexus
Duda’s office tweeted today: “After Rocket explosion in BzhivodovAnd during continuous calls with heads of state and government, there was a call with someone claiming to be French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Duda realized from the way the caller was conducting the conversation that it might have been an attempt at fraud and hung up,” he added.
In response to a question by “Agence France Presse” about whether they were behind the call, the two Russian scammers, “Vofan and Lexus”, said: “We said that on all social media … and we published a video clip.”
In the call, made on November 15, a person with a Russian accent claimed to be Macron. He spoke friendly about the deadly missile explosion near the Ukrainian border earlier that day.
It is now widely believed that the explosion was caused by a missile fired by the Ukrainian defences, though Initial speculation pointed the finger at Russia.
Duda said in the call: “Hello, Emmanuel.. Thank you for your call. The situation is very difficult, as you know.”
He added that the explosion was caused by a missile “that was fired and we do not know who was responsible” and that he was awaiting the results of the investigation.
He continued, “Emmanuel, believe me, I am very careful. I do not blame the Russians. I do not want to go to war with Russia.”
Duda also said that Poland is not considering upholding Article 5 of the founding treaty of NATO, which requires member states to help each other in the event of an attack on one of them.
The Polish president was also asked about Russian allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use dirty bombs.
And he answered, “I am more afraid of some problems with nuclear power plants in Ukraine.. I am more afraid of a nuclear catastrophe.”