Russia a threat to West, says May
British prime minister, Theresa May, has accused Russia of threatening the international order by “meddling” in elections and spreading fake news to “sow discord in the West”.
She told Russian president, Vladimir Putin, “we know what you are doing” and said he would not succeed. Ms May also said that comprehensive Brexit trade deal with the European Union would underpin a shared commitment to open economies and free societies, as Moscow seeks to undermine Western values.
She reiterated Britain’s “unconditional” pledge to maintaining European security, including a proposed post-Brexit pact with the EU, while warning of the “scale and nature” of the threat from Russia.
At the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the City of London’s Guildhall, Ms May said: “Russia has fomented conflict in the Donbass, 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 hacka ing the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Bundestag, among many others.
“It is seeking to weaponise information. Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and Photoshopped images, in an attempt to sow discord in the West, and undermine our institutions.
“So I have a very simple message for Russia... you will not succeed.”