A Russian scammer pretended to be Macron to the Polish president and discussed security issues with him
When the Polish President spoke about it last week Rocket explosion in a Polish village For what he thought was his French counterpart, he was actually speaking to a Russian prankster.
The office of Polish President Andrzej Duda confirmed on Tuesday that the call came last week after an audio recording circulated in which two Russian online scammers claimed to be behind it.
The Russian duo have deceived high-profile figures in the past and are said to have ties to the Russian security services.
Russian scammers Vovan and Lexus
Duda’s office tweeted today: “After Rocket explosion in BzhivodovAnd during constant phone calls with heads of state and government, there was a call from someone claiming to be French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Duda could tell by the way the caller conducted the conversation that it might be a scam and hung up,” he added.
When asked by Agence France Presse if they were behind the call, the two Russian scammers “Vofan and Lexus” said: “We said that on all social media… and we released a video clip.” “
On the November 15 call, a person with a Russian accent claimed to be Macron. He spoke kindly about the deadly rocket blast near the Ukrainian border earlier that day.
However, it is now widely believed that the explosion was caused by a missile fired by the Ukrainian defenses Initial speculation pointed the finger at Russia.
Duda said in the call: “Hello, Emmanuel.. Thanks for calling. The situation is very difficult, as you know.”
He added that the explosion was caused by a rocket “that was launched and we don’t know who was responsible” and that he was awaiting the results of the investigation.
He continued: “Emmanuel, believe me, I’m very careful. I don’t blame the Russians. I don’t want to go to war with Russia.”
Duda also said that Poland is not considering upholding Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty, which obliges 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 replied: “I’m more afraid of some problems with nuclear power plants in Ukraine. I’m more afraid of a nuclear disaster.”
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