May says Russia aims to ‘sow discord’
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.”