‘UK to re­tal­i­ate against Rus­sia poll med­dling’

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London: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May told Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin that Bri­tain was ready to fight back against at­tempts to desta­bi­lize Western democ­racy that she said in­cluded “med­dling in elec­tions”. “We know what you are do­ing,” May said in a sec­tion of a for­eign-pol­icy speech in London late Mon­day that she ad­dressed to Rus­sia. “And you will not suc­ceed. Be­cause you un­der­es­ti­mate the re­silience of our democ­ra­cies, the en­dur­ing at­trac­tion of free and open so­ci­eties, and the com­mit­ment of Western na­tions to the al­liances that bind us.” Her com­ments mark a di­vi­sion with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who said on Satur­day that he be­lieved Putin’s de­nials of elec­tion­med­dling were sin­cere. May took a far harder line, say­ing Rus­sia was “chief among those” who tried to un­der­mine open so­ci­eties. BLOOMBERG

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