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

15 November, 2017, 12:12 | Author: Wade Massey
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"At the same time London shows fundamental incomprehension of current processes in the world and of the essence of the very UN Charter-based global legal order that the United Kingdom is vowing to protect", she said.

Massandra is a well-known winery in Crimea - seized by Russian Federation from Ukraine three years ago - which Vladimir Putin visited with Silvio Berlusconi in 2015. "We know what YOU are doing as well". "We know what you are doing". And you will not succeed.

She stated that Russia's "illegal annexation of Crimea" was the first time, since the time of the Second World War that "one sovereign nation" had "forcibly" taken a territory from another, in Europe.

The prime minister accused President Putin of trying to "weaponise information" in the age of social media to undermine democracies.

"We do not want to return to the Cold War, or to be in a state of perpetual confrontation", she said, adding there was "another way".

"And the comprehensive new economic partnership we seek will underpin our shared commitment to open economies and free societies in the face of those who seek to undermine them".

In what is being described as a major foreign policy address delivered at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at Mansion House in London on Monday, May said Russian Federation was waging "a sustained campaign of cyber-espionage and disruption".

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Russian Federation will not succeed in efforts to sow discord in the West, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

The PM said Russian Federation is seeking to "weaponise information" by planting "fake stories" and "photo-shopped images" in an attempt to "sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions".

"The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise".

Mrs May's comments, at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at London's Guildhall, were in contrast to those of US President Donald Trump, who last week said he believed President Putin's denial of intervening in the 2016 presidential election.

May concluded her speech on a positive note.

Her warning came in the lead up to United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson's scheduled visit to Moscow before the end of the year. On Monday night, Mrs May accused Moscow of "planting fake stories" to "sow discord in the West".She said Vladimir Putin's government was trying to "undermine free societies".Russian senators accused the UK PM of "making a fool of herself" with a "counterproductive" speech.But the top U.S. diplomat in the UK, Woody Johnson, said countries engaging in such behaviour needed to be "called out".President Donald Trump's newly appointed ambassador to the UK told BBC News that Mrs May "probably has evidence" of Russian meddling and she had "every right" to draw attention to it.

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