Polish president briefed Russian pranksters posing as Macron on missile strike

FILE - Polish President Andrzej Duda listens through an earpiece to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a joint news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. Russian comedians pretending to be the French president tricked the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, into giving them sensitive information after a missile exploded in eastern Poland last week. Duda???s office confirmed on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 that he was put through to a person claiming to be France???s Emmanuel Macron last week. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, File)

The Polish President’s office confirmed the prank (Picture: AP)

Polish President Andrzej Duda was duped into speaking to hoaxers pretending to be France’s Emmanuel Macron on the night a missile hit a village near the Ukraine border.

His office confirmed the prank after two well-known Russian comedians posted a recording of the call on YouTube.

During the seven-and-a-half minute chat, Mr Duda says: ‘Emmanuel, believe me, I am extra careful. I don’t want to have war with Russia and believe me, I am extra careful, extra careful.’

Mr Duda was targeted on November 15 just after a missile landed in eastern Poland, killing two men.

The president’s office said it was one of several international calls he received at a time of heightened tensions.

A statement posted on Twitter said: ‘After the missile explosion in Przewodow, during the ongoing calls with heads of state and government, a person claiming to be French President Emmanuel Macron was connected.

‘During the call, President Andrzej Duda realised from the unusual way the interlocutor conducted the conversation that there might have been an attempted hoax attempt and ended the conversation.’

The office said the appropriate services are checking how the pranksters could have reached Mr Duda — for the second time. In 2020, they talked to him posing as the UN secretary-general.

Russian pranksters Vladimir ‘Vovan’ Krasnov (left) and Alexei ‘Lexus’ Stolyarov (right) posted a recording of the call on YouTube (Picture: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA/Rex/Shutterstock)

The president’s office said it was one of several international calls he received at a time of heightened tensions (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

In the new recording posted by Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, known as Vovan and Lexus, Mr Duda can be heard thanking a man whom he believes to be Macron for calling.

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Source:: Metro News

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