LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of meddling in elections and planting fake stories against the West to sow discord in the West to undermine their institutions.

Addressing the annual Lord Mayor’s banquet in London last night, May was blunt and outspoken in her condemnation of Russian tactics of meddling in elections and cyber espionage.

“Russia has…repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries, and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption.

“This has included meddling in elections, and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Bundestag (Germany), among many others,” said May.

“It is seeking to weaponise information. Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions,” she said.

The prime minister said she wanted to relay…

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