(Stephanie Burnett broke this news story, and it was featured in news outlets, including Politico.)
A Russian duo described as pranksters have duped European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini into believing they were speaking to the Armenian prime minister, Euronews has learned, prompting concerns about security breaches.
The two separate calls, which lasted about 10 minutes and 12 minutes respectively, occurred in May shortly after Nikol Pashinyan was sworn in as Armenia’s new prime minister.
On the other end of the line, however, were Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov.
What did Juncker and Mogherini say?
Conversation with Juncker
The call with Juncker appears to have been taken on May 9, as he refers to US President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear the day before — a move the EU leader called a “mistake” on the phone.
“This is a major concern for us and for me personally because I do think that this is a major mistake, the one that Trump had made yesterday night,” said Juncker.