Russian comedians are said to have confessed to the ARD magazine “Contrasts” that they were behind the fake phone call with Berlin’s governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD). The RBB reports on Wednesday.
After the fake video switch last Friday, Giffey wants to speak to her real Kiev colleague Vitali Klitschko promptly – and also guard against renewed manipulation.
The SPD politician announced on Tuesday that a video call was planned, before which there would be some kind of test to ensure that the person she was talking to was genuine. “We will coordinate this very closely with the (Ukrainian) embassy.” The conversation is planned before her vacation, i.e. “in the next few days” until mid-July. It had been agreed that it would be in German.
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Last Friday, Giffey spoke via video with a person who looked like Klitschko but wasn’t Klitschko. After a while, because of various questions from her counterpart, she began to doubt whether she was connected to the real Mayor of Kiev. The conversation then ended prematurely.