On Monday, November 13, the British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech at the Guildhall in London’s financial district. She said that the government will remain committed to defending Europe after withdrawing from the EU, and accused Russia of military aggression and interference in the elections. The Prime Minister said that Britain will continue assisting states that have been victims of the Russia’s aggression.
May accused Russia of fomenting violence in the east of Ukraine, repeated violation of the national airspace of several European countries and mounting a sustained campaign of cyber-espionage and disruption. She also accused Russia of interfering in the elections, hacking the websites of the Danish Ministry of Defense, the German parliament, and the fact that the Russian state media forged stories and photographic images in an attempt to discredit Western institutions. The British Prime Minister said that the government is working on reforming NATO for better counteracting Russian hostility and activating military and economic support for Ukraine.
“It is why we have stepped up our military and economic support to Ukraine. It is why we are strengthening our cybersecurity and looking at how we tighten our financial regimes to ensure the profits of corruption cannot flow from Russia into the UK. So we will take the necessary actions to counter Russian activity,” the Prime Minister said.
She also noted that she wants to improve relations with Russia, if it will help to strengthen peace.
“Russia can, and I hope one day will, choose this different path. But for as long as Russia does not, we will act together to protect our interests and the international order on which they depend.”
The country has great defence budgets and its diplomatic and intelligence services are among the most extensive in Europe.
“The UK will remain unconditionally committed to maintaining Europe’s security,” May said in her speech. “The comprehensive new economic partnership we seek will underpin our shared commitment to open economies and free societies in the face of those who seek to undermine them.”
Earlier, the British prime minister had described Russia as one of the main threats to the future of Europe.
Source: Radio Liberty