(Newswire.net — December 24, 2017) –US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley became the latest victim of well-known Russian phone pranksters Vladimir Krasnov and Aleksey Stolyarov, aka Vovan and Lexus.
Impersonating Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Russian pranksters expressed concern about violation of human rights in Ukraine. Ambassador Haley responded that the US appreciate Poland’s support during the recent voting in UNGA. However, Poland wasn’t on a list of US supporters in the case, but abstained from voting.
In a 22 minute recording of the conversation in question the voice that Russian pranksters claim belongs to Nikki Haley is heard supporting the fake Polish PM by politely responding to all sorts of nonsense. At one point, the prankster asked Haley what her opinion is on an imaginary South China Sea island – Binomo. He even spelled the name so Haley would know exactly which island was the topic of the conversation. The island, however, does not exist on the world map, but Haley said „the US is watching the situation there very carefully“.
“Do you know Binomo?” the impersonator asked. “They have declared independence. They had elections, and we suppose Russians had its intervention.”
“Yes, of course they did, absolutely,” Haley confidently replied.
Expressing concern on eventual Russian meddling in the non existing issue, Haley assured the fake Polish PM that the US is on top of it. “We manage them [Russians] and we continue to remind them what their place is,” she replied.
The conversation further took a lighter note with Polish PM gossiping on how Kevin Spacey allegedly visited Ukraine in 2015 and victimized the country’s president.
Nikki Haley has neither officially denied nor confirmed the authenticity of the conversation.
The Russian duo Vovan and Lexus became famous in Russia for pranking high-profile politicians and celebrities. In 2015 they impersonated Russian president Putin in a call to Ser Elton John to discuss gay rights in Russia.
“It was interesting that Elton John had something to say to Vladimir Putin,” the pranksters explained. “Unfortunately Vladimir Putin was busy with important state affairs and was abroad. So we thought why not take this over.”
In a long list of pranks, Vovan and Lexus paid special attention to Ukraine. Posing as the son of Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovich junior, Vovan asked Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko for asylum for his father.
Vovan had also spoken to US military commander Kevin McNeely pretending to be Ukrainian interior minister Arsen Avakov. In an alleged conversation McNeely promised to equip Kiev’s National Guard.
Impersonating Ukraine president Petro Porosenko Lexus waited two days for the Turkish president Tajip Erdogan to accept his call. „Porosenko“ invited the president of Turkey and his wife to join him drinking Ukrainian Vodka and relaxing in a sauna which was highly inappropriate.
He even promised that notorious Radical Party leader Oleg Lyashko would personally tend to Erdogan in „banja“ the Ukraine’s spa centre.