RUSSIA

Russian April Fools’ Joke Makes Fun Of Election Interference

“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1"

RUSSIA
Russian President Vladimir Putin. — REUTERS
Apr 01, 2017 at 10:35 AM ET

While President Donald Trump on Saturday morning took to Twitter to attack “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd” and NBC News over the network’s coverage of “the Fake Trump/Russia story,” the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to have a little tongue-in-cheek fun on Facebook.

As the Associated Press points out, for April Fool’s Day, the ministry posted what is supposed to be a new telephone message for Russian embassies — making fun of the country’s alleged political meddling in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1. To use the services of Russian hackers, press 2,” the recording says, in Russian and English. “To request election interference, press 3, and wait until the next election campaign. Please note that all calls are recorded for quality improvement and training purposes.”

An officer with the ministry confirmed to AP that the message was in fact a joke.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied any Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election last November.

“Read my lips — no,” Putin said, as quoted by the Guardian, when asked if Russia attempted to take part in affairs related to the U.S. vote.