May says Rus­sia is sow­ing dis­cord

Western Mail - - NEWS -

THERESA May has ac­cused Rus­sia of threat­en­ing the in­ter­na­tional order by “med­dling” in elec­tions and spread­ing fake news in an at­tempt to “sow dis­cord in the West”.

At­tack­ing Moscow at the Lord Mayor’s Ban­quet at the City of London’s Guild­hall, the Prime Min­is­ter warned Rus­sian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin “we know what you are do­ing” and in­sisted he would not suc­ceed.

Mrs May also stressed that a com­pre­hen­sive Brexit trade deal with the EU will help un­der­pin a shared com­mit­ment to open economies and free so­ci­eties as Moscow seeks to un­der­mine Western val­ues.

How­ever, Mrs May also stressed the need to im­prove re­la­tions with Rus­sia to avoid a re­turn to the ten­sions of the Cold War.

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