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Britain's May Says Russia Will Not Succeed In 'Sowing Discord In West'


Russia's efforts to sow discord in the West will not succeed, and they already are prompting Western allies to work together to counter Moscow's meddling, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said, RFE/RL reports.

In an annual address to the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London late on November 13. May cited a list of recent Russian actions that she said "threaten the international order," from Moscow's illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 to its recent attempts to "weaponize information" through cyberattacks and leaks in Europe and the United States.

Moscow is "deploying its state-run media organizations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions," she said.

"So I have a very simple message for Russia. We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed."

May told Russia: "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."

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