Trick on Poroshenko: Prank call confusion for Ukraine president - BBC

17:44 Nov. 4, 2016

Prank call confusion for Ukraine president - BBC

Telephone discussion on trade between Petro Poroshenko and his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev was a prank

Ukraine's foreign ministry has described an apparent prank call to President Petro Poroshenko as a "provocation"

The president's website had posted details of a telephone discussion about trade between Mr Poroshenko and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambayev, on Tuesday.

But that was news to Kyrgyz officials, who denied that any such conversation took place. "This information is not correct - someone probably played a joke on the Ukrainian leader," said Sapar Isakov, head of the Kyrgyz president's foreign policy department.

By Wednesday, any mention of the call had been removed from Mr Poroshenko's official website. Ukraine's foreign minister then spoke to his Kyrgyz counterpart - presumably the real one - to work out what happened, tweeting that they will "investigate this provocation".

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Foreign ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa says the apparent prank appears to have been designed to interfere with plans to introduce a UN resolution on alleged human rights violations in Crimea since its annexation by Russia in 2014. Mr Poroshenko was making a series of phone calls on the issue, she says.

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