Theresa May And Boris Johnson Stand On Two Opposite Sides Over Russia Meddling

On Monday, during a speech to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May accused Vladimir Putin’s government of meddling in European elections and said she would do “what is necessary” to protect the UK and its allies. She said:

“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.”

Later, Frants Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the defence and security committee, accused May of “making a fool of herself” with her “counterproductive” speech.

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A Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said:

“The world order that suits May, with the seizure of Iraq, war in Libya, the rise of IS and terrorism in Europe, has had its day. You can’t save it by attacking Russia.”

The new US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson told the BBC that the prime minister was probably correct in her belief that Russia had meddled in the elections.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the opposite and claimed: “I haven’t seen any [evidence], not a sausage… As far as I know they have played no role.”

In October, Johnson was photographed at a Conservative Party event standing next to Joseph Mifsud who was identified by an FBI informer as a go-between to Russia.

Soon after another photo of Johnson, Mifsud and Theresa May was published by a British-Indian associate of Mifsud, Prasenjit Kumar.

A Russian Foreign Ministry in the UK just hit back at May on Twitter and labelled her remarks as “fake news”.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is due to visit Russia next month.

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