07:42 GMT06 May 2021
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    LONDON (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom slammed anti-Russia rhetoric by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, saying that his statements are aimed at justifying expansion of NATO states’ defense budgets.

    Earlier in the week, Williamson, in his address at the Atlantic Council, accused Moscow of aggression, cyberattacks and the political sabotage.

    "An unusually belligerent rhetoric of Gavin Williamson … sheds light on the true motives behind the forced increase in spending by NATO countries, expected to reach $1.26 trillion in 2018," the embassy’s spokesperson said on Friday.

    The embassy expressed regret over the UK stance and noted that such claims undermine constructive relations between the European states and are part of the Conservative party’s campaign against Russia.

    READ MORE: UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Praises US for Announcing New Anti-Russia Sanctions

    Russian-UK relations worsened after the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK city of Salisbury.


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