Two Russians pretend that the Polish President is speaking to the French President
Polish President Andrzej Duda was subjected to a harsh experience and a ridiculous prank when he received a call he believed to be from French President Emmanuel Macron, and that conversation came after the missile attack Poland faced last Tuesday . and he spent more than seven minutes on that call, which was actually made by notorious Russian scammers Vovan and Lexus, who have scammed many world leaders (including Duda in early 2020).
A recording of the call was posted online the day before yesterday. Subsequently, Duda’s office issued a statement showing that a fake caller was able to reach the President by phone, but without confirming or denying the authenticity of the online material. In the recording, Duda can be heard thanking Emmanuel for the call and telling him there was “no doubt” a rocket caused an explosion on Polish soil earlier that day.
But he added that while the missile was “made in Russia” and “launched from somewhere to the east… we don’t know who launched it.” Later in the conference call, Duda noted that both Ukraine and Russia use Russian-made missiles. Duda also said he had already spoken to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, informing him about the possibility that Poland would invoke Article 4 of the “NATO” treaty in response to the incident, as well as US President Joe biden Earlier, Duda’s office had confirmed that the phone call with Stoltenberg took place around 10 p.m. on the day of the missile attack and shortly thereafter with Biden at 1 p.m.
In the call, the fake Macron asked if Biden would blame Russia for the accident, and Duda replied, “No.” The fake Macron also asked if the accident could have been caused by a Ukrainian missile, to which Duda replied, “I do.” don’t know.” Duda, however, claimed that Ukrainian President “Volodymyr Zelenskyy blames the Russians, he said they were absolutely sure it was a Russian missile that was launched by the Russians and there isn’t one Possibility that it was a missile launched by the Ukrainians.” “Emmanuel, believe me, I’m more careful, I don’t blame the Russians,” added Duda. “Emmanuel, this is a war and I think both sides will accuse each other.”
These statements confirm public statements made at the time by Poland, NATO and the United States that said the source of the missile was unknown and Zelenskyy blamed Russia.
Duda’s office confirmed in a statement released after the recording was released online that it received a call from “a person claiming to be French President Emmanuel Macron” after the missile attack. And it goes on to say: “During the phone call, President Duda recognized the unusual way in which the interlocutor conducted the conversation that it could have been an attempt at fraud and ended the conversation.”
The audio recording posted online shows that just over seven minutes into the call, after the fake Macron said he was “tired of Biden and Zelenskyy, especially Volodymyr,” Duda suddenly said, “Thanks, have a nice day.” and hung up high.
This appears to be the second instance in which Duda has fallen prey to these scammers, who often target anti-Russia figures.
In July 2020, as the duo campaigned for re-election, the duo tricked Duda into speaking with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. The year before, they had fooled Macron himself into thinking he was talking to Zelenskyy.
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