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US Energy Secretary takes 22-minute prank call from "Ukrainian Prime Minister"

26 Juillet 2017

The pranksters called singer Elton John in 2015 claiming to be Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Last week, US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a phone call from two men he thought were the Ukrainian Prime Minister and his translator.

According to the report, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov have engaged in similar prank calls with U.S. Sen.

In the phone call, the pranksters asked if Ukraine could get a cut-rate deal on USA coal exports.

"I hope that stepping away from the Paris accord will not have any negative impact with our relationship with the Ukraine", Perry said in the call, according to the Post.

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Per Bloomberg, Perry's spokesperson confirmed that Perry was the victim of a prank, pointing out that the pair are "known for pranking high level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments".

They pranksters even pitched Perry on a new biofuel they said was made of pig manure and alcohol.

"Secretary Perry is the latest target of two Russian pranksters", Shaylyn Hynes, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department, told Bloomberg in an email.

Perry also told the men that the U.S. was very interesting in working with Ukraine "on the civil nuclear side" and noted that that's what they'd discuss in an upcoming meeting.

Calls between Cabinet secretaries and foreign officials are typically closely vetted; it's not clear how the pranksters connected with Perry. "In this case, the energy security of Ukraine".

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