May warns Putin for us­ing fake news to tar­get West

The Hitavada - - HOME & ABROAD - By Aditi Khanna LON­DON, Nov 14 (PTI)

BRI­TISH Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has is­sued a stark warn­ing to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to stop us­ing fake news as a weapon against the West and un­der­mine their in­sti­tu­tions.

Ad­dress­ing the an­nual Lord Mayor’s ban­quet in Lon­don last night, May was blunt and out­spo­ken in her con­dem­na­tion of Rus­sian tac­tics of med­dling in elec­tions and cy­ber es­pi­onage.

“Rus­sia has... Re­peat­edly vi­o­lated the na­tional airspace of sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries, and mounted a sus­tained cam­paign of cy­ber es­pi­onage and dis­rup­tion. “This has in­cluded med­dling in elec­tions, and hack­ing the Dan­ish Min­istry of De­fence and the Bun­destag (Ger­many), among many oth­ers,” said May.

“It is seek­ing to weaponise in­for­ma­tion. De­ploy­ing its staterun me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions to plant fake sto­ries and photo-shopped im­ages in an at­tempt to sow dis­cord in the West and un­der­mine our in­sti­tu­tions,” she said.

The prime min­is­ter said she wanted to re­lay a ‘very sim­ple message’ for Rus­sia, that the UK was aware of what it was do­ing and it will not suc­ceed be­cause Euro­pean democ­ra­cies will fight back. “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.

“The UK will do what is nec­es­sary to pro­tect our­selves, and work with our al­lies to do like­wise,” she warned.

May said that while her Gov­ern­ment was de­ter­mined to take all nec­es­sary ac­tion to counter Rus­sian ac­tiv­ity, a re­turn to the era of the Cold War was not de­sir­able for ei­ther side.

“We do not want to re­turn to the Cold War, or to be in a state of per­pet­ual con­fronta­tion... Rus­sia can, and I hope one day will, choose this dif­fer­ent path,” she said.

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