© AFP 2018 / Adrian DennisПрохожие at the Parliament building in London, UK. Archival photo© 2018 AFP / Adrian Dennis
The UK government does not rule out future attempts by the interference of foreign States in the democratic process in the United Kingdom, said the head of Cabinet office Ministers David Lidington.
Earlier Tuesday, the UK government stated that it had no evidence that foreign countries, including Russia, have successfully used disinformation to influence the British democratic process. Such a statement the government made in response to the report of the Committee of the house of Commons on digital technologies, culture, media and sport, entitled «the Fake news». The report cited the words of Prime Minister Theresa may that Russia allegedly interfered in the elections and planted the «fake news» with the aim to use information as a weapon and «to sow discord in the West.»
«The government has already said that we found no evidence of successful foreign interference in the British elections. We took statements about the interference of foreign governments in the democratic process very seriously. And this is still the case. We know that some States routinely use disinformation and other means as a tool of international politics… So will not surprise us if they can try to influence the democratic process in the UK,» reads the received RIA Novosti written in response Lidington at a parliamentary inquiry of the Deputy leader of the labour party Tom Watson.
The MP requested the office of the Prime Minister to tell us whether something the British government of «indirect attempts» to interfere in Russia the political process in Britain in the last three years.
Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of trying to influence the democratic processes in different countries, as the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called them «completely unfounded». The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking about the alleged Russian interference in the elections of different countries, said that there are no facts confirming it, no. Lavrov also noted that, in his opinion, the UK authorities decided to explain their internal problems to the machinations of Russia, and took an example from the American Democrats, who justified his defeat in the elections «ties Donald trump of Russia».