Russian pranksters call Merkel posing as Ukraine’s ex-leader

Russian pranksters call Merkel posing as Ukraine’s ex-leader
Russian pranksters call Merkel posing as Ukraine’s ex-leader

BERLIN (AP) — Russian pranksters posing as Ukraine’s ex-President Petro Poroshenko managed to contact Angela Merkel by cellphone to debate developments in Ukraine and Belarus, though the previous German chancellor was cautious about your entire call, Merkel’s workplace mentioned Monday.

Merkel’s workplace mentioned the previous German chief obtained a call Jan. 12 from somebody claiming to be Poroshenko. The dialog was assisted by a German-Ukrainian interpreter from the German International Ministry’s language service.

In an emailed assertion, the workplace mentioned Merkel knowledgeable the ministry afterward in regards to the “impression that she gained of the caller throughout the call,” however did not elaborate on what that was.

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, recognized as Vovan and Lexus, posted on their Telegram channel what they mentioned had been excerpts from the call. The pair have beforehand embarrassed European politicians together with French President Emmanuel Macron, Polish President Andrzej Duda and then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as properly as Elton John and Prince Harry, with comparable hoax calls.

The recording options Merkel saying — as she has completed publicly earlier than — that the much-criticized Minsk peace settlement had purchased treasured time for Ukraine. Merkel and former French President Francois Hollande had brokered the peace settlement with Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015. She additionally criticizes repression in autocratic Belarus.

Poroshenko was Ukraine’s president from 2014 till 2019. Merkel led Germany from 2005 till the tip of 2021.

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