UK Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “threatening the international order” through espionage and election meddling.
In a strongly worded statement foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Mansion House, May said on Monday London would do “what is necessary to protect ourselves” and allies against Moscow.
She also sent a “very simple message” to Putin, calling on the Russian head of state and his government to refrain from efforts to “weaponize information” as a means of intervention in other countries’ democracies.
“In a recent speech President Putin said that while the interests of states do not always coincide, strategic gains cannot be made at the expense of others. When a state fails to observe universal rules of conduct and pursues its interests at any cost, it will provoke resistance and disputes will become unpredictable and dangerous,” she said.