According to Duda’s office, the night a rocket killed two people in a village near the Polish border with Ukraine, Polish President Andrzej Duda spoke by telephone with a Russian prank pretending to be French President Emmanuel Macron.
During the phone call, Duda noticed “the unusual way in which the interlocutor conducted the conversation” and, according to a translated tweet from the Polish presidential office, ended the conversation under suspicion of facing a fraudulent caller.
According to the BBC, the tone of the call shows that the caller posing as Macron asked Duda who he thought was responsible for the rocket that fell across the border into Poland.
During the conversation, Duda reportedly insisted that he was “careful” in light of the controversy surrounding the incident.
“I don’t want to go to war with Russia and believe me, I’m particularly careful, particularly careful,” Duda said according to Reuters.
The call lasted more than seven minutes, and according to Reuters, a recording was later shared online by two Russian comedians.
The missile attracted a great deal of attention because it fell within the borders of a NATO member country. Had the weapon been fired from Russia at Poland, this could have escalated the conflict under Article 5 of NATO, which stipulates that an attack on a member country is to be regarded as an attack on the entire Alliance.
News agencies initially reported that Russia had fired the missile, but NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the incident was likely an accident as Ukraine defended itself.
However, Stoltenberg said that even if the missile was a Ukrainian mistake, Russia must be to blame.
“That is not Ukraine’s fault; Russia bears the ultimate responsibility. The whole incident is due to Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine,” said the NATO leader.
The investigation is ongoing, but President Biden also said it was unlikely that the missile was launched from Russia.