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May Tells Putin the U.K. Is Ready to Fight Back Against Threats

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Monday, 13 Nov 2017 05:34 PM

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to curb his attempts to destabilize western democracy, telling him that Britain was ready to fight back, to defend not just itself but the rest of Europe as well.

“We know what you are doing,” May said in a section of a foreign policy speech that she addressed to Russia. “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 prime minister listed not just Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but its fomentation of conflict in the Donbas, its violations of European airspace, and “a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption,” which she said included “meddling in elections.”

Her comments mark a division with U.S. President Donald Trump, who said Nov. 11 that he believed Putin’s denials of election-meddling were sincere. But they also point to an area where, whatever May’s other differences with fellow European leaders over Brexit, she is both in agreement and has something to offer.

The U.K. has the second-largest defense budget in NATO, as well as leading intelligence capabilities. In her speech, May repeated that Britain “will remain unconditionally committed to maintaining Europe’s security.” It has stationed “tripwire” forces along the bloc’s Eastern boundary, to deter incursions. Britain hopes this will help to win goodwill, especially among countries closest to Russia.

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to curb his attempts to destabilize western democracy, telling him that Britain was ready to fight back, to defend not just itself but the rest of Europe as well."We know what you are doing," May said...
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