Rus­sia a threat to West, says May

Irish Examiner - - World News - Arj Singh

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.”

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