Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered his people to make fake phone calls to British ministers last week in an attempt to divert attention from their actions in Ukraine. At least that’s what Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday, as our colleagues at Bloomberg reported.
According to Max Blaine, who spoke about it in the English press, the three recipients of these telephone pranks were Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries.
Two of the calls were made by fraudsters posing as Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denis Chimhall. According to the information received from our colleagues, these are absurd questions from the interlocutors who put fleas in the ears of the ministers and put an end to the interviews. According to a spokesman for Boris Johnson, these common practices should be revisited in the future.
Implemented by Russian Information Operations Services, they raise questions of security. According to Bloomberg, quoting spokesman Max Blaine, an investigation has been opened to understand how the callers were able to communicate so easily with the three British ministers.
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