U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Britain was ready to fight back against attempts to destabilize Western democracy that she said included “meddling in elections.”
“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.”
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. May took a far harder line, saying Russia was “chief among those” who tried to undermine open societies. She 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 …