Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaking to the Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was actually a prank phone call initiated by a pair of Russian pranksters impersonating the Ukraine prime minister. The pranksters, known as Vovan and Lexus, have previously duped other high level officials and celebrities.
In the prank phone call, Perry spoke to Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov about the Paris Climate Accord and the possibility of using pig manure as a power source. Perry also talked to the pranksters about a potential pipeline across the Baltic Sea for Russian gas, cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid, and natural-gas exploration in Ukraine.
The entire phone call was posted online by Russian news site Vesti. You can listen below.
“Secretary Perry is the latest target of two Russian pranksters,” Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said to The Washington Post. “These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials
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