According to the Russian trolls Wowan and Lexus, who specialize in disinformation, former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) fell for a staged phone call about the Ukraine conflict. Interviewers close to the Kremlin published excerpts from it on Monday. Merkel's office in Berlin confirmed to the German Press Agency that there was a telephone conversation. "I can confirm a phone call with a caller who posed as former (Ukrainian) President Petro Peroshenko," said a spokeswoman for Merkel at the request of the dpa.
The Russians with the stage names Wowan and Lexus have repeatedly fooled celebrities by posing as false names. In the excerpts published, Merkel says nothing sensational or new, but advocates unity in the West in the conflict with Russia. She also emphasizes that the content of the call is not for the public.
“Otherwise, my plea is that we trust our governments. Only they make politics," said the CDU politician. In doing so, she also reminded the supposed Poroshenko that he had lost the 2019 election to the current President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. "If you're not elected, you have to hold back as much as possible in difficult times like this."
Merkel then said that she wished her interlocutor “all the best from the bottom of my heart”. In the end, it becomes clear that Merkel is uncomfortable with certain questions - about her pension, for example, which she does not answer.
When asked if she couldn't speak Russian, she replied: "My Russian is even worse than it was in 2014." At the time, Merkel had signed the Minsk agreements with Poroshenko, French President François Hollande and Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin to settle the conflict in Ukraine signed.
"The phone call took place on January 12, 2023, supported by German-Ukrainian translation by the language service of the Federal Foreign Office," says a statement from Merkel's office. "The Chancellor a. D. then informed the Federal Foreign Office about the impression she had gotten from the caller during the call.” During her tenure in office, Merkel frequently dealt with Poroshenko. The 57-year-old was in office from 2014 to 2019.