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. But the 22-minute-long phone call was actually two Russian pranksters, Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexei “Lexus” Stolyarov, otherwise known as the “Jerky Boys of Russia,” in the style of an American prank call duo from the 1990s, according to Bloomberg.
The Washington Post confirmed the dialog with the Division of Power. In audio initially posted on a Russian web site and reposted elsewhere, the dialogue touched on a Baltic Sea pipeline that may pump Russian fuel, in addition to an enlargement of coal and oil and fuel pursuits in Ukraine. Early within the dialog, Secretary Perry tells the pranksters that “the [Trump] administration is broadly supportive of sanctions towards Russia at this specific time limit,” and later he gives that “negotiation is all the time attainable” on coal exports to Ukraine.
The Secretary additionally suggested the “Prime Minister” that, with out transparency about laws and geological knowledge about the place wells have been or might be drilled, it might be arduous for the US to assist oil and fuel corporations broaden exploration in Ukraine.
Perry additionally informed the lads that the US was very taken with working with Ukraine “on the civil nuclear aspect” and famous that that’s what they’d talk about in an upcoming assembly. “Between coal, oil and fuel, and nuclear, this August assembly could be very productive,” Perry stated.
Perry additionally took questions from the lads concerning the Paris Settlement, which the Trump administration intends to withdraw from. “I hope that stepping away from the Paris accord won't have any unfavorable impression with our relationship with the Ukraine,” Perry stated on the telephone. “We tried to divorce the politics from this and actually simply let our document stand, one which I’m very pleased with.”
In accordance with the Washington Submit, the duo performed it straight the entire time, together with throughout part of the decision when Kuznetsov and Stolyarov informed Perry that Ukrainian President Poroshenko had invented a brand new biofuel out of pig manure and alcohol.
The Russian pranksters have allegedly duped Elton John and John McCain up to now. However how these two males obtained Perry on the road is unclear. “Calls between Cupboard secretaries and overseas officers are sometimes intently vetted; it’s not clear how the pranksters related with Perry,” Bloomberg wrote.