Boris Johnson to tell Russia to ‘keep nose’ out of European elections

British foreign secretary says Moscow must ‘show they can be trusted again’ amid fears it is meddling with democratic processes

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, will tell Russia to “keep its nose” out of western democratic processes when he visits Moscow in the coming weeks.

The UK defence secretary, Michael Fallon, said there had been a step change in Russia’s behaviour in recent years, and that Johnson planned to raise the subject during a meeting scheduled with the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

Officials in the west are particularly concerned about potential meddling by Moscow in Germany, which goes to the polls in September.

Last month, Russia was forced to publicly deny that it was involved in an attempted coup during Montenegro’s election, after a Montenegrin prosecutor claimed “Russian state bodies” had played a role in an attempted putsch with the aim of stopping the Balkan country from joining Nato.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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