A PAIR of Russian pranksters have struck again after releasing a phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while posing as Greta Thunberg.
Comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov have previously targeted a number of high-profile figures.
Justin Trudeau was targeted by Russian pranksters pretending to be Greta Thunberg[/caption]
The comedians posed as the Swedish activist during the phone call[/caption]
The duo duped the Canadian PM into talks about NATO, before mocking him and asking if he could introduce ‘Greta’ to two characters from the US comedy animation South Park.
Trudeau initially agrees to put ‘her’ in touch before later realising that the caller was referring to the fictional characters, Terrance and Phillip, and hanging up on the Russian pair.
The caller says: “By the way, Mr Prime Minister, can you introduce me to Terrance and Phillip? I know that they are big stars in Canada, but it’s very strange I couldn’t find them in the social networks. Maybe you can help?”
Trudeau originally offers to look into the meeting, before clarifying who she is talking about.
Realising his mistake, he says: “Wait, Terrance and Phillip, were they not in South Park?
He adds: “I don’t personally know them. I believe they are South Park parodies of Canadians,” before ending the call.
During the call ‘she’ also pleads with the Prime Minister to leave NATO and calls Donald Trump ‘a b******’.
During the 10-minute conversation, ‘fake Greta’ expresses her concern about a “growing international crisis and anticipation of the world war.”
The call is believed to have taken place in January this year, just days after the Iranian government shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing 176 people on board.
The female speaker then tells Mr Trudeau that he and other world leaders “are adults, but you act like children”.
She adds: “We can create a world where there is a place for everyone. For white and black. Christians and Muslims. Trump and Putin. For you and me. For Boris Johnson.
“For Corbyn. For Terrance and Phillip, who are also known in your country.”
The Canadian Prime Minister seems to bypass this South Park reference and responds: “No, that is exactly, exactly the right perspective”.
Mr Trudeau goes on to praise ‘Greta’ and her visit to Montreal which “helped define” the Canadian election outcome in relation to climate change.
Fake Greta then interrupts: “But leave NATO. Drop your weapons. Pick flowers. Smile at nature.”
The Prime Minister’s office confirmed that the phone conversation had taken place back in January, adding it was “not the first prank call of a world leader”.
They insisted that Mr Trudeau “determined the call was fake and promptly ended it.”
They also highlighted the timing of the call as many world leaders were calling Trudeau to express their condolences for the 85 Canadians and residents who were killed on the Ukrainian airlines flight.
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The pranksters, who go by Vovan and Lexus, have gained a reputation for duping world leaders and celebrities after claiming responsibility for prank calls to the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron and US Vice-President Kamala Harris.
The Russian duo release the audio of their phone calls on their YouTube channel, which boasts 111,000 subscribers.
In 2018, then-UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was a victim of the prank calls, as they pretended to be the Prime minister of Armenia.