Russian trolls reach Habeck in Germany with a fake phone call

Natalie Portman
By Natalie Portman 2 Min Read
origin 1Robert Habeck, German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, speaks on the German-Brazilian Business Forum of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa

Russian prank trolls managed to persuade German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck with a recorded phone call, Habeck’s Economics Minister confirmed to Dpa.

The trolls posed as representatives of the African Union in the call, which was repeatedly interrupted by technical connection issues and was largely inconsistent as a end result, the ministry stated.

No confidential or security-related data was a part of the dialogue, the ministry stated. A four-minute recording of the call posted by trolls on Telegram is a compilation of excerpts from the dialog, a spokesperson stated.

But the spokesperson warned that neither the tone of voice, nor the accent of the questioner, nor the content material of the questions corresponded to his recollections of the phone dialog, so it was not attainable to substantiate the veracity of the recording.

In the alleged recording, Habeck may be heard calmly explaining in English that Ukraine needs to be helped to export its grain regardless of Russian assaults.

The recording was revealed on the channel of the well-known pro-Kremlin duo Vovan and Lexus.

The pair are well-known for making bogus “prank” phone calls to distinguished politicians and celebrities. Their victims included former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former British Defense Minister Ben Wallace.

German intelligence contacted Habeck’s ministry shortly after the call to level out that Habeck had been reached underneath a false identification.

The ministry carried out an inside investigation and stated the incident will probably be used as a possibility to evaluate and strengthen current safety measures.

origin 1German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock speaks at a dialogue occasion throughout her go to to Slovenia. Hannes P. Albert/dpa

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