Pretending to be Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, famous Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus (Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov) phoned the office of the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s hours after the UN voted to condemn Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
During the conversation, Haley thanked Poland for not voting against the US at the UN, shared concerns over Russian interference in the political affairs of an imaginary South China Sea island – Binomo – which does not exist on the world map, and assured the fake prime minister that the US would continue to “remind [Russia] what their place is.”
The last comment struck a nerve with Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, who took to Facebook to criticize Haley’s rhetoric. “Nikki, do you really want Russia to remember all of its ‘places’ in the world?” Maria Zakharova asked, calling the remarks of the US’ UN representative “short-sighted.”
Vovan and Lexus made a name for themselves in Russia for prank calling high-profile politicians and celebrities. In September 2015, the pair played a prank on Sir Elton John, subsequently forcing the Kremlin to apologize and arrange a real phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the iconic musician. Before that, the duo successfully pranked Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, as well as Georgia’s fugitive former president, Mikhail Saakashvili.