This week, Prime Minister Theresa May openly accused the EU of interfering in the country's snap general election, scheduled to take place next month. The Times newspaper decided to run May's remarks as a front page story headlined "Brussels is meddling in our election, warns May."
Russia's Embassy to the UK, well-known for its pithy commentary on some of the ridiculous claims against Russia levelled by Western politicians and media, couldn't resist trolling the newspaper, May and the mainstream establishment media in general through Twitter, writing "Praise God it's not Russia this time" along with a snap of The Times cover story.
Praise God it's not Russia this time pic.twitter.com/irebYz8aKE— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) 4 мая 2017 г.
The Embassy's sarcastic comment was a concise reply to claims regularly made by Western officials and media that Russia was somehow interfering in elections, from the US presidential race in 2016 to elections in France, Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Last month, a UK parliamentary committee even hinted that Russian hackers may have attempted to interfere in last year's Brexit referendum.
The UK Embassy's stream of funny and sarcastic tweets has not gone unnoticed among the Western media. Last month, the Washington Post ran an entire story on the Embassy's twitter stream, headlining the piece "How the Russian Embassy in London uses Twitter to undermine the West." The piece attempted to analyze a series of biting tweets released by the Embassy, and how they were being used to undermine faith in Western institutions, politicians and media. Who would've guessed that a few one-liners and pictures could have such a tremendous and damaging impact?
It's like epidemic, or fashion? in the West with everybody claiming being hacked by Russia. pic.twitter.com/95R0CW1FdL— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) 12 февраля 2017 г.
Screws tightening to make it safer to spread lies about Russia rather than hold own Government to account. pic.twitter.com/8dKX4dKNvz— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) 27 апреля 2017 г.
The right time to recall the full title of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strangelove”: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb? pic.twitter.com/HIrtuYl2HE— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) 18 апреля 2017 г.