Theresa May accuses Vladimir Putin of election meddling

Theresa May and her husband Philip with new Lord Mayor of London Charles Bowman and wife Samantha

"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.

Meanwhile, NPR's Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid that Spain is the latest country to accuse the Kremlin of spreading fake news aimed at disrupting politics: Lauren tells our Newscasts unit that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says that more than half of social media site accounts spreading "disinformation" about Catalonia have been traced to Russian Federation. May, who has faced criticism over her perceived eagerness to gloss over differences with the US and avoid steps that could jeopardise that relationship, told those gathered that Russia's actions threatened the worldwide order, pointing to its annexation of Crimea, meddling in elections, and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and Germany's Bundestag.

Russian Federation could be a valuable partner of the West but only if it "plays by the rules", she argued.

They argue the European Union and the United States should better understand Russia's point of view, its belief that it is threatened from all sides.

"The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise".

Addressing Moscow directly, May said: "We know what you are doing".

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"Russia has...repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries, and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption". She said that a pledge to uphold the worldwide order sounds particularly "cynical" given British action in Iraq and Libya that "caused suffering of millions and destabilized entire regions".

But May sounded a conciliatory note, calling for ongoing engagement with Moscow and reiterating foreign secretary Boris Johnson will visit the country in the coming months.

May said that while her government was determined to take all necessary action to counter Russian activity, a return to the era of the Cold War was not desirable for either side.

Sharing a photograph of her from last night drinking a glass of wine, the tweet added: "Dear Theresa, we hope, one day you will try Crimean #Massandra red wine". "But for as long as Russian Federation does not, we will act together to protect our interests and the worldwide order on which they depend".

In Mrs May's speech, she also said the authorities in Myanmar - formerly known as Burma - must take "full responsibility" for what "looked like ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people in Rakhine province.

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