May says Rus­sia aims to ‘sow dis­cord’

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LONDON – Dis­pens­ing with diplo­matic niceties, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Mon­day night charged Rus­sia with at­tempt­ing to “un­der­mine free so­ci­eties” and “sow dis­cord” in Bri­tain and the West by “weaponiz­ing in­for­ma­tion” and “de­ploy­ing its state-run me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions to plant fake sto­ries.”

“So I have a very sim­ple mes­sage for Rus­sia. We know what you are do­ing. And you will not suc­ceed,” May said. “The U.K. will do what is nec­es­sary to pro­tect our­selves, and work with our al­lies to do like­wise.”

May’s con­dem­na­tion, in a speech be­fore busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives, are quite dif­fer­ent from the remarks over the week­end from Pres­i­dent Trump, who ap­peared to take sides with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

“He said he didn’t med­dle,” Trump said Satur­day, an­swer­ing ques­tions about grow­ing ev­i­dence of Rus­sia’s in­volve­ment into the 2016 cam­paign. “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times . ... He said he ab­so­lutely did not med­dle in our elec­tion. He did not do what they are say­ing he did.”

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