In the announcement for the pranksters' conversation with George W. Bush, footage is shown where he says that he “wants to [see] Ukraine in NATO.” The video was released on Rutube, YouTube blocked their account after recording with Ben Wallace ” alt=”Pranksters Vovan and Lexus announced a video with George Bush about Ukraine” />
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov (left to right)
On the channel of pranksters Vovan and Lexus (real names — Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov) in Rutube there was an announcement of a video conversation with former US President George W. Bush, who held this post in 2001–2009. The release of the full version of the conversation is expected on May 19 as part of the New Horizons educational marathon. society “Knowledge”.
The video contains moments from the conversation. The footage shown quotes Bush Jr., where he says that he “wants [to see] Ukraine in NATO” and also “thought Russia would be more accommodating, but then Putin changed dramatically.” The video contains an address by the former US President: “Your mission is to destroy as many Russian troops as possible”, it is not indicated to whom these words are addressed.
The video also contains footage where Bush says the phrase ” “Glory to Vovan and Lexus, connect them,” and later salutes, while his words sound off-screen: “I’m proud of you.” (addressee not specified). The video is built in such a way that at this moment frames with the prankers themselves appear on the screen.
Educational marathon “New Horizons” runs from 17 to 19 May. During the event, “outstanding speakers of Russia and the world” will speak to the participants, including Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
In late February, Bush Jr. condemned the conduct of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. He warned of “the worst security crisis on the European continent since World War II.”
Kuznetsov and Stolyarov are known for their pranks on politicians. So, in March, videos appeared on their YouTube channel with British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, as well as British Home Secretary Priti Patel. Both conversations were conducted by the pranksters on behalf of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.
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During the conversation with Wallace, the pranksters asked him about Britain's position on Ukraine's entry into NATO. The head of the Ministry of Defense stressed that London is interested in joining Kyiv to the alliance.
On March 17, Wallace tweeted about a conversation with an “impostor posing as the Ukrainian prime minister.” “He asked some misleading questions, and after I got suspicious, I ended the call,” — the minister spoke. On the same day, British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she had received a similar call earlier this week. “The same thing happened to me this week. A pathetic attempt to divide us in such difficult times. We support Ukraine»,— she wrote on Twitter.
Neither Wallace nor Patel disclosed the details of the conversations and did not say for certain who was behind the calls, but hinted that they suspected Russia of this. On March 18, Wallace ordered an internal audit in connection with the incident.
On March 23, the British Ministry of Defense sent a request to YouTube to remove the video of Wallace's conversation with Vovan and Lexus. The statement noted that the videos pose a “significant risk to the national security of the United Kingdom” and also that “the Russian state is responsible for the fake call.” ;.
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