Evening Standard:Theresa May accuses Russia of meddling in elections and fake news14 November 2017 | 06:13 | FOCUS News Agency
The Prime Minister said the nation was “threatening the international order”, and warned that the UK would “do what is necessary to protect ourselves”.
Speaking during an address at the lord mayor’s banquet, Mrs May said a "comprehensive new economic partnership" with the European Union will "underpin" that "shared commitment" 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.
Addressing the Lord Mayor's Banquet at the City of London's Guildhall, Mrs May said: "As I said in my speech in Florence, the UK will remain unconditionally committed to maintaining Europe's security.
"And the comprehensive new economic partnership we seek will underpin our shared commitment to open economies and free societies in the face of those who seek to undermine them.
"Chief among those today, of course, is Russia."
She added: "It [Russia] is seeking to weaponise information. Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions.
"So I have a very simple message for Russia.
"We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed. Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us.
"The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise."
Mrs May stressed the need to engage with Russia to avoid a return to the Cold War.
She evoked the hope that greeted the fall of the Soviet Union, saying Britain and Russia should not be "in a state of perpetual confrontation", and that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will visit Moscow in the coming months for talks.
"We will take the necessary actions to counter Russian activity," the PM will say.
"But this is not where we want to be - and not the relationship with Russia we want.”
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