Fa­mous Rus­sian phone pranksters pull hoax on hawk­ish US Se­na­tor John McCain

Sun.Star Pampanga - - WORLD! -

MOSCOW

-- Fa­mous Rus­sian phone pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stol­yarov, known as Vo­van and Lexus, have made hoax phone calls to US Sen­a­tors Lind­sey Gra­ham, John McCain and Repub­li­can Ma­jor­ity leader Mitch McCon­nell into speak­ing about the sanc­tions against Rus­sia, Kuznetsov told Sput­nik.

The news comes as the pranksters called US Con­gress­woman Max­ine Waters, the one who ear­lier claimed that "Putin is con­tin­u­ing to ad­vance into Korea," to say that Rus­sia has in­vaded Lim­popo, an African river that the politi­cian be­lieved to be a coun­try in Africa.

Hav­ing in­tro­duced them­selves as Ukrainian Prime Min­is­ter Volodymyr Groys­man, Kuznetsov and Stol­yarov also dis­cussed the sanc­tions against Rus­sia with Waters.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, Peskov said Krem­lin was not linked to the prank phone calls and ap­pre­ci­ated the fact that no­body had the idea to ac­cuse Moscow of the tricks.

The sanc­tions is­sue was also dis­cussed with US repub­li­cans, ac­cord­ing to the hoax­ers.

"We have pranked McCain, Lind­sey Gra­ham and the Repub­li­can Ma­jor­ity leader in Congress McCon­nell in the Congress Mitch McCon­nell on the is­sue of anti-Rus­sian sanc­tions, how­ever, we can not tell the de­tails yet," Kuznetsov said.

Since 2014, re­la­tions be­tween Rus­sia and the Euro­pean Union and the United States, de­te­ri­o­rated amid the cri­sis in Ukraine. Brus­sels, Wash­ing­ton and their al­lies in­tro­duced sev­eral rounds of sanc­tions against Rus­sia on the pre­text of its al­leged in­volve­ment in the Ukrainian con­flict, which Moscow has re­peat­edly de­nied. In re­sponse to the re­stric­tive mea­sures, Rus­sia has im­posed a food em­bargo on some prod­ucts orig­i­nat­ing in coun­tries that have tar­geted it with sanc­tions.

Since then, NATO has been build­ing up its mil­i­tary pres­ence in Europe, par­tic­u­larly in east­ern Euro­pean coun­tries bor­der­ing Rus­sia, us­ing Moscow's al­leged in­ter­fer­ence in Ukraine as a pre­text.

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