• Trudeau is the latest to fall victim to Russian pranksters Kuznetsov and Stolyarov
  • The pranksters had asked Trudeau about a Third World War, Donald Trump and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
  • The call came in January, days after a Ukraine International Airlines Flight was shot down 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the latest high-profile individual to fall victim to pranksters posing as Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, better known as Lexus and Vovan, released an 11-minute audio of the phone call that was recorded in January. The prime minister fielded questions about a third world war, U.S. President Donald Trump and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“Hello Greta!” Trudeau said at the start of the recording.

"I understand that you have a lot of work and not so much time to talk to a young girl, but I'm very concerned about the growing international crisis," one of the impersonators responded.

Trudeau ended the call after Kuznetsov and Stolyarov — who had previously pranked Prince Harry, Kamala Harris and Billie Eilish — asked him whether he could connect them with Terrance and Philip, CTV News reported.

“By the way, Mr. prime minister, can you introduce me to Terrance and Phillip? I know that they are big stars in Canada, but it’s very strange I couldn’t find them in the social networks. Maybe you can help?” the prankster said.

The Canadian prime minister initially explained that he does not have their coordinates before asking them whether the characters were from the American animated series "South Park."

“I don’t personally know them – I believe they are South Park parodies of Canadians,” Trudeau said before ending the phone call.

The Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday said the pranksters had requested the call days after Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down after taking off from the Imam Khomeini Internation Airport in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Jan. 8. Before it had left the airport's air space, the Boeing 737-800 appeared to turn around and head back to the runway. It crashed shortly afterward, killing everyone on board, including 57 Canadians, BBC reported.

Tehran's government initially said the plane suffered a technical problem, citing witness accounts that said the aircraft was on fire before the crash. However, Trudeau later said that multiple sources found evidence indicating an Iranian missile shot the plane down.

In August, investigators found that a black box recorder from the crash site revealed that pilots and passengers were alive following the first missile strike. The second missile hit the plane 25 seconds later. No further details of the recording have been released.

Iran initially denied shooting down the plane. However, they later admitted that the incident was “unintentional” and called it a disastrous mistake by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under pressure from opposition leaders to ban Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from Canada's 5G networks
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under pressure from opposition leaders to ban Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from Canada's 5G networks AFP / Dave Chan