British Prime Minister Theresa May Stresses The Strength Of Democracies In Response To Russian Election Interference

"You underestimate... the enduring attraction of free and open societies."

British Prime Minister Theresa May doesn't want to "return to the Cold War or to be in a state of perpetual confrontation," but she did give Russia a warning about its reported interference in democracies around the world as she delivered a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London on November 13.

"I have a very simple message for Russia," she said, per The Guardian. "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 U.K. will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise."


Specifically, May referred to Russia's alleged meddling in elections and votes like the United States' 2016 presidential election and the United Kingdom's Brexit — through fake stories, fake photos, and Twitter bots.

"It is seeking to weaponize information. Deploying its state-run media organizations to plant fake stories and photoshopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions."


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