The pranksters, posing as recruiting officers, told Nikolai Peskov that he had been drafted into the army and had to come in for a medical the next day.
“Of course not!” Peskov Jr. told the pranksters, according to a video shared by independent Russian news site The Insider. “You must understand that it is not proper for me to be there. I have to deal with it on another level.”
“If I have to defend my homeland, I will try, no problem, but you have to understand the political implications and nuances of my position,” he added.
The call came after Putin announced a partial military mobilization as part of the next phase of his invasion of Ukraine. Russian officials said this meant 300,000 people would be immediately drafted into the army.
His announcement caused panic among Russians, with some trying to flee the country and others taking to the streets to protest.
Dmitry Peskov personally reacted to the joke, telling Russian news site Podyom on Wednesday that the conversation was taken out of context and that his son would make “the only right decision.”
The elder Peskov has been Putin’s official spokesman for the past two decades. Less than a month after Russia on February 24 invaded Ukraine, the United States imposed sanctions on his wife and children, accusing them of living a “luxurious lifestyle incompatible with Mr. Peskov’s salary as a civil servant.”
His son, who grew up in the United Kingdom and received his education here, in March. the British government also imposed sanctions and he has since been banned from traveling to the country, The Telegraph reported.
After returning to Russia after studying in the United Kingdom, D. Peskov in 2010-2012 served in the Russian army, Kommersant news website reported. He later worked for the Russian TV channel RT, The Telegraph reported.