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    PM May Says Her Accusations of Alleged Russian Meddling Not Related to UK

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    The UK prime minister has explained her previous statement, accusing Russia of alleged interference in foreign states' affairs, a claim repeatedly denied by Moscow as groundless.

    "I spoke on Monday about the issue of Russian interference in elections. We have seen that taking place in a number of countries in Europe. The foreign secretary… made a specific point about what was happening here in the United Kingdom. I the speech I gave on Monday I was saying that the examples I gave of Russian interference were not in the United Kingdom," UK Prime Minister Theresa May has stated at the parliament, adding that the issue the Intelligence and Security Committee would study the issue with regard to the Brexit vote.

    The explanation comes a day after Prime Minister May accused Russia of meddling in other states' affairs, spreading "fake stories" in media, aggressive policies "to sow discord in the West," accusations slammed by Moscow as "irresponsible" and "groundless."

    According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, "It is quite understandable that an external enemy, with Russia chosen for this role, is needed for the distraction of the public opinion. It is rather regrettable, especially given that pragmatic and efficient global policy would better correspond to the country’s ambition to turn into 'Global Britain.'"

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    The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has also commented on the claims, saying that "hysteria is being fueled up in order to divert the attention of their voters away from the inability to solve these domestic issues."

    Previously, Lavrov has called the allegations of Russia's interference in EU affairs that had arised in several European states, including Britain, France and Germany, amid the probe into the alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election "ridiculous."

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