Theresa May accuses Russian Federation of election meddling, 'planting fake stories'

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

The Kremlin, she said "is seeking to weaponize information, deploying its state-run media organizations to plant fake stories and Photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions".

The UK did not want "perpetual confrontation" with Russian Federation but would protect its interests, she added. May, who has faced criticism over her perceived eagerness to gloss over differences with the USA and avoid steps that could jeopardise that relationship, told those gathered that Russia's actions threatened the global order, pointing to its annexation of Crimea, meddling in elections, and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and Germany's Bundestag.

And she announced that the Government was looking into tightening financial regimes to ensure profits of corruption can not flow to Russian Federation.

She continued her speech to point out that Russian Federation had repeatedly violated national airspace of several countries and had indulged in "cyber-espionage and disruption".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a blistering attack on what she called Russia's efforts to "sow discord in the West", putting Moscow on notice: "We know what you are doing and you will not succeed".

She warned that Britain would do whatever was necessary to protect itself and would work with allies, including through a reformed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. She said that a pledge to uphold the global order sounds particularly "cynical" given British action in Iraq and Libya that "caused suffering of millions and destabilized entire regions".

Boris Johnson, who will make his first trip to Russian Federation as foreign secretary later this year, has said the UK's policy to Russian Federation must be one of "beware but engage" following a decade of strained relations.

"As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia has the reach and the responsibility to play a vital role in promoting global stability".

Sharing a photograph of her from last night drinking a glass of wine, the tweet added: "Dear Theresa, we hope, one day you will try Crimean #Massandra red wine".

Responding to Mrs May's speech, former Labour cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw - who has been raising the issue of Russian interference in United Kingdom elections for almost a year - tweeted: "Asking why May suddenly acknowledging Russian interference now having stonewalled for months".

Ms. May's comments - the latest in a series of critical statements on the USA including over its decision to withdraw from the Paris Treaty - comes amid a host of questions in Britain relating to Russian involvement in domestic politics.

Downing Street sources said that Mrs May had chosen to...

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