Prime Minister Pledges Defence Support To EU Following Brexit

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The United Kingdom wants to maintain productive relations with Russian Federation and avoid the atmosphere of the Cold War era confrontation, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a major foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at Mansion House in London late on Monday, after accusing Russian Federation of meddling in other states' affairs, spreading "fake stories" in media and aggressive policies.

May said that even as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, it remains committed to maintaining Europe's security through strong economic ties with allies and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

But, she added, whilst the United Kingdom did not want "perpetual confrontation" with Russian Federation, it would protect its interests.


"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".

Ms May also accused Russian Federation of violating the airspace of several European Union nations, and mounting a campaign of cyber-attacks, as well as meddling in elections and hacking into the Danish defence ministry, German parliament and its state media.

She said London "will take the necessary actions to counter Russian activity" through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and other ties. "I have a very simple message for Russia", Mrs May said.

Her comments are in stark contrast to those of US President Donald Trump, who last week said he believed President Putin's denial of intervening in the 2016 presidential election. He expressed his readiness to cooperate with the Russian counterpart. It is why we have stepped up our military and economic support to Ukraine.


She cited Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent comment that "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 risky".

Russia's efforts to sow discord in the West will not succeed, and they already are prompting Western allies to work together to counter Moscow's meddling, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said.

But offering an alternative to a return to conflict between East and West, she added: "We do not want to return to the Cold War, or to be in a state of perpetual confrontation".

"We see the spillover effects of this instability in the challenge of mass migration and humanitarian crises in countries like Yemen", she said.


"As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia has the reach and the responsibility to play a vital role in promoting worldwide stability", May added.

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