UK defence minister orders inquiry into fake call from ‘Ukrainian PM’

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LONDON (REUTERS) – British defence minister Ben Wallace ordered an inquiry on Thursday (March 17) after an impostor claiming to be the Ukrainian prime minister was in a position to contact him, an incident he blamed on Russia.

The video call was arrange after an electronic mail was despatched to a authorities division, purportedly from an aide on the Ukrainian embassy, which was then handed on to the Ministry of Defence.

“Today an attempt was made by an imposter claiming to be Ukrainian PM to speak with me. He posed several misleading questions and after becoming suspicious I terminated the call,” Wallace mentioned on Twitter.

“No amount of Russian disinformation, distortion and dirty tricks can distract from Russia’s human rights abuses and illegal invasion of Ukraine. A desperate attempt.”

A defence supply mentioned Wallace had ordered a direct inquiry into how the call, which lasted about 10 minutes, was allowed to occur.

Home Secretary (inside minister) Priti Patel mentioned she had additionally been focused.

“This also happened to me earlier this week,” she wrote on Twitter. “Pathetic attempt at such difficult times to divide us. We stand with Ukraine.”

It shouldn’t be the primary time British ministers have been the victims of a hoax call.

In May 2018, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was international minister on the time, talked about worldwide relations and impolite poetry with a hoax caller who pretended to be the Armenian prime minister.

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