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Spain on Mon­day warned its European Union part­ners about a dis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paign aimed at desta­bi­liz­ing its volatile north­east re­gion of Cat­alo­nia, which Madrid claims ap­pears to be com­ing from Rus­sia. Span­ish De­fense Min­is­ter Maria Dolores de Cospedal said “many of the ac­tions come from Rus­sian ter­ri­tory,” but that it’s not yet pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine what their ex­act source is or if the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment is in­volved. The Span­ish gov­ern­ment took con­trol of Cat­alo­nia’s pow­ers and called a snap re­gional elec­tion for Dec. 21, af­ter the Cata­lan gov­ern­ment held a banned in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum on Oc­to­ber 1. Sev­eral min­is­ters have been jailed, and ousted leader Car­les Puigde­mont is in Brus­sels fight­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Spain for trial.

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