Russian pranksters trick Poland’s President into missile talk

WARSAW: President of Poland Andrzej Duda admits to being tricked by a prankster pretending to be the President of France Emmanuel Macron when he spoke to global leaders last week about a missile attack that killed two people in a village near the border with Ukraine.
The president’s office said Tuesday in a Twitter post that Duda had realized “unusually” the conversation was going on that it might be a hoax and hung up. According to his office, “relevant services” immediately took steps to explain the incident. Duda held multiple calls in the tense hours following the missile attack that raised fears of a significant escalation between NATO allies and Russia.
Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency says a pair of Russians are known for deceiving Western leaders – including US politicians and the former British Prime Minister. Boris Johnson — with prank calls took responsibility and posted what it said was a video of the conversation. In the seven-minute clip, Duda can be heard telling a man posing as Macron that he had been extra careful not to blame Moscow for the incident because he didn’t want war with Russia.
US and Polish authorities later attributed the explosion to Ukrainian air defenses targeting a Russian missile. Earlier that day, the Kremlin launched the largest-scale attack on electrical infrastructure and other targets across Ukraine since the invasion in February.
This is not the first hoax of this kind against the Polish president. In 2020, Duda was convinced by Russian pranksters that he was talking to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


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