The British government on Thursday accused “Russian entities” of trying to disrupt the December 2019 elections by leaking documents about trade negotiations between London and Washington.
The government has extracted, based on a comprehensive anlysis, that it is almost certain that Russian parties tried to interfere in the 2019 legislative elections by publishing leaked government documents illegally obtained, via the Internet, as Foreign Minister Dominique Rapp said in a written statement to British Parliament.
Rapp continued, “Before the general elections in 2019, sensitive government documents on the free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States were obtained illegally and published on the Internet through the Reddit platform”.
“While there is no evidence of a large-scale Russian campaign against the general elections, any attempt to interfere in our democratic processes is absolutely unacceptable,” Rapp added.
Rapp noted that the protection of British democracy and elections will always be an absolute priority, stressing the continuity of a criminal investigation into the case.
In turn, the Labor Party condemned “any attempt by Russia or any foreign power to interfere in the democratic processes in the country”.
Rap’s comments came before the publication of a report related to Russian interference in British politics next week, which received widespread criticism for the delay of its release for nine months.
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “The British government is drifting again against Russia, and thus not only undermines bilateral relations with Moscow, but also its authority”.