The UK prime minister has accused Moscow of alleged meddling in other states’ affairs but later said that her accusations were not related to Britain.
“Unfortunately, the British press almost always refers to unpublished documents and other closed sources. Since the latest of them, concerning Russian-British relations, are making false accusations against us, we asked relevant universities — Edinburgh and Swansea in the UK and Berkeley in the US — to send us the source materials,” the Russian Embassy’s in the UK spokesperson has stated.
According to the Russian embassy, “in view of the anti-Russia campaign that emerged after the speech of UK Prime Minister Theresa May,” it has a lot of questions to such documents.
“We absolutely do not accept unfounded accusations, which, by the way, lead to a loss of confidence in London also on the part of foreign partners.”
In a major foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Mansion House in London late on Monday, May accused Russia of meddling in other states’ affairs, spreading “fake stories” in media, aggressive policies “to sow discord in the West,” claims slammed by Moscow as “irresponsible” and “groundless.” However, a day later, May said that her accusations were not related to the UK.
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Commenting on the claims, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that “hysteria is being fueled up in order to divert the attention of their voters away from the inability to solve these domestic issues.”
Previously, Lavrov has called the allegations of Russia’s interference in EU affairs that had arisen in several European states, including Britain, France and Germany, amid the probe into the alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election “ridiculous.”