“You have reached the Russian embassy, your call is very important to us. To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponents, press one,” the message posted on the ministry’s official Facebook page says, playing first in Russian, then in English.
“To use the services of Russian hackers press two,” it goes on.
“To request election interference, press three and wait until the next election campaign. Please note that all calls are recorded for quality improvement and training purposes.”
The tongue-in-cheek prank is in response to the claims of Russia’s alleged meddling in the last year’s US elections, as well as accusations of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russian officials.
However, not everyone seems to be into April Fools mood, as Matthew Chance, a senior CNN reporter called it an “attempt to sort of laugh off the very serious allegations” during a live interview on the network.