Boris Johnson takes call from prankster posing as Armenia PM

Johnson reportedly fell victim to a pair of Russian pranksters posing as the prime minister of Armenia | Pool

Boris Johnson has been targeted by a Russian prank caller pretending to be the new prime minister of Armenia.

The Guardian reported that during the 18-minute call one of the pair pretended to be Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan.

"This shouldn't have happened and an investigation is under way to determine the circumstances around this call and to make sure this doesn't happen again", the spokeswoman said.

The pranksters are Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Lexus and Vovan.

Britain suspects the comedy duo have backing from the Kremlin.

The hoaxer spoke English with a Russian accent as he asked how to handle Mr Putin and for information about the use of chemical weapons in Syria and in Salisbury, where Russia is blamed for poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

"We have to stand firm against them though I appreciate that your geography dictates a balancing act", Johnson said, offering "support and encouragement" and an invitation to visit the UK.

"If I have a message to Putin, it's that we don't want a Cold War but we do want to see an improvement in the way Russian Federation behaves", Johnson said.

"Obviously this shouldn't have happened".

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Mr Johnson also responded to the suggestion that videos of the aftermath of chemical weapons attacks in Syria were staged, saying it seemed "very clear" that the Syrian regime was behind a chlorine attack "almost certainly with Russian knowledge" in Douma.

In a recording of the phone conversation, which was posted online, Mr Johnson congratulated Mr Pashinyan on his "remarkable success" and discussed tensions with Russian Federation since the attack on the Skripals. The hoax caller joked that he hoped he wouldn't be poisoned with Novichok in an upcoming meeting with Putin.

But as the call was horsesh*t, the rogues snatched that chance away from Johnson before he could even scream 'we knew it!'.

Asked whether he was sure Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation ordered the Salisbury nerve agent attack on the Skripals, Mr Johnson said: "We are like nearly 100% sure".

Towards the end of the call, however, they brought up the subject of Corbyn.

To which Mr Johnson replied: "I am sure our intelligence will be listening on this line and they will draw the relevant conclusions".

"We will continue to tighten the squeeze on some of the oligarchs who surround Putin", he said, adding Britain would seek new sanctions against key figures around the Russian president.

"The Foreign Secretary realised it was a hoax, and ended the call", the foreign office said in a statement.

"These childish actions show the lack of seriousness of the caller and those behind him", the office added.

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