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Russian pranksters phone Angela Merkel posing as Ukraine’s ex-President | World News


AP | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Russian pranksters posing as Ukraine’s ex-President Petro Poroshenko managed to make contact with Angela Merkel by cellphone to go over developments in Ukraine and Belarus, while the previous German chancellor appeared cautious throughout the phone.

Merkel’s office environment claimed Monday that the previous German chief obtained a phone on January twelve from an individual professing to be Poroshenko. The discussion was assisted by a German-Ukrainian interpreter from the German Overseas Ministry’s language assistance.

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In an emailed assertion, the office environment claimed Merkel knowledgeable the ministry afterward about the “impression that she acquired of the caller throughout the phone,” but did not elaborate on what that was.

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, acknowledged as Vovan and Lexus, posted on their Telegram channel what they claimed were being excerpts from the phone. The pair have earlier humiliated European politicians such as French President Emmanuel Macron, Polish President Andrzej Duda and then-British Key Minister Boris Johnson, as nicely as Elton John and Prince Harry, with equivalent hoax phone calls.

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The recording characteristics Merkel expressing — as she has completed publicly ahead of — that the a lot-criticized Minsk peace arrangement experienced purchased valuable time for Ukraine. Merkel and previous French President Francois Hollande experienced brokered the peace arrangement with Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015. She also criticizes repression in autocratic Belarus.

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