U.K.'s May Warns Over ‘Destabilizing’ Russian Propaganda, Plots

  • Premier raises concerns over alleged Montenegro coup attempt
  • Britain will step up security cooperation with western Balkans

Theresa May speaks in Brussels, Belgium, on March 9, 2017.

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May urged European allies to step up their resistance to Russian aggression, as she raised concerns over an alleged Russian plot to assassinate a former premier of Montenegro.

Speaking in Brussels, May said the international community must make a more visible commitment to security in the western Balkans in light of the Russian threat as she promised to increase British support for the region.

“I will make clear my concerns about the potential for increased instability in that region and the risks that presents to our collective security,” May told reporters before heading to a European Union summit discussion on defense over dinner on Thursday. “In light of the alleged Montenegro coup plot, I will call for us to do more to counter destabilizing Russian disinformation campaigns and raise the visibility of the western commitment to this region.”

European governments bolstered security measures after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. A special prosecutor in Montenegro said last month that evidence collected by authorities in the former Yugoslav republic showed Russian state bodies were involved in a plan to overthrow Montenegro’s government and assassinate former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic during last year’s elections. Russia has denied any role in the alleged plot.

Britain will host a western Balkans summit in 2018 and will intensify security cooperation with the region on cyber-threats and organized crime, May said.

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