Prankster posing as Kyrgyz President tricks Ukrainian President

BISHKEK: On November 2, the Ukrainian President’s press office published information about a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev, Xinhua news agency reported.

The two leaders discussed over phone urgent issues of Ukrainian-Kyrgyz relations like holding the next meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission and the problems of supply of Ukrainian products to Kyrgyzstan as a result of Russian transit restrictions against Ukrainian goods.

Shortly afterwards, the Kyrgyz President’s office denied that Atambayev had talked to Poroshenko.

“Perhaps somebody played a trick on the Ukrainian leader,” said Sapar Isakov, Chief of the Foreign Policy Department.

Poroshenko’s spokesman accused the Russian state security service of plotting the prank call, adding that such a trick was impossible without the participation of Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kyrgyzstan’s security services have since detained a local man suspected of links to a prank call to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko from someone pretending to be the president of Central Asian nation, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan have agreed to conduct a joint investigation of the case, according to a telephone conversation between Kyrgyzstan’s foreign minister Erlan Abdyldaev and his Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin.