04-02-2017, 02:08 AM
Quote:MOSCOW : Need some election interference? The Russian Foreign Ministry is ready to help -- or so it says on April Fools’ Day.
On Saturday, the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard message for Russian embassies.
“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference.”
The English portion of the recording begins 26 seconds into the video, with the title translated as “Answering machine for Russian diplomatic missions.”
A ministry duty officer, who did not give his name in line with official practice, confirmed to The Associated Press that the post was an official joke.