Kyrgyzstan detains suspect for prank call to Ukrainian President

Bishkek, Nov 19 (IANS) Kyrgyzstan’s security services have detained a local man suspected of pretending to be the Kyrgyz president in a prank call to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

On November 2, the Ukrainian President’s press office published information about a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev, Xinhua news agency reported.

The two leaders discussed over phone urgent issues of Ukrainian-Kyrgyz relations like holding the next meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission and the problems of supply of Ukrainian products to Kyrgyzstan as a result of Russian transit restrictions against Ukrainian goods.

Shortly afterwards, the Kyrgyz President’s office denied that Atambayev had talked to Poroshenko.

“Perhaps somebody played a trick on the Ukrainian leader,” said Sapar Isakov, Chief of the Foreign Policy Department.

Poroshenko’s spokesman accused the Russian state security service of plotting the prank call, adding that such a trick was impossible without the participation of Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The detainee was taken into custody to ascertain the circumstances of the case, Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Ministry said in its official statement.

The two sides have agreed to conduct a joint investigation of the case, according to a telephone conversation between Kyrgyzstan’s foreign minister Erlan Abdyldaev and his Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin.