The Polish President’s office confirmed the prank (Picture: AP)
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.
Speaking in English, he relays details of the missile incident, his plans to request NATO consultations and of being very careful not to exacerbate the situation with Russia.
Over more than seven minutes, Mr Duda, sounding stressed, tells the caller that US President Joe Biden does not blame Russia for the missile incident, but that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky insists it was a Russian-launched projectile.
He says he himself is being ‘extra careful’ not to blame Russia but that Poland will seek security consultations with all of its NATO partners.
Opposition politicians lashed out at Mr Duda, accusing him and his office of being overly lax with security.
It was the second time the pranksters duped Mr Duda (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Opposition Left party lawmaker Tomasz Trela said it’s a ‘disgrace for the special services and for all those who should be checking who they allow to contact the top leader’.
He tweeted: ‘This is a blow for our security and for the opinion we have in the eyes of our allies.’
In July 2020, the same Russian pranksters posted a recording of a phone conversation with Mr Duda, in which Kuznetsov posed as the United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, and rendered the president speechless with questions about Ukraine, Russia and his fresh re-election.
Mr Duda’s office also confirmed that recording as authentic. Two officials from Poland’s mission to the UN were dismissed over the incident.
The pranksters have previously embarrassed European politicians including Macron and then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well as Elton John and Prince Harry with similar hoax calls.
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