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Leaked documents on US-Britain trade talks were "almost certainly" distributed by Russian actors


The Russian embassy threatened to take revenge against "unfriendly" measures by the British government tonight when country officials took a fighting stance on claims that "Russian actors" had tried to influence the 2019 general election.

In a statement tonight the The Russian embassy in London said it would never interfere in internal affairs in the UK.

It comes after Russia laughed at bombings today that leaked documents on US-UK trade talks during the online elections were "strengthened" to help Jeremy Corbyn win.

Moscow dismissed the allegations as "foggy and contradictory" after the government announced that "Russian actors" were "almost certain" to distribute sensitive material ahead of the December election.

The then Labor chief swung a 451-page dossier at press conferences, proving that the NHS was for sale in a post-Brexit trade deal.

In a statement today, the embassy said: "Our position is clear: Russia has never and will never interfere in the internal affairs of the United Kingdom, particularly in the context of democratic elections, and we always work openly and on issues of clear mutual interest good faith.

The papers were branded by then-Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn during the campaign last year as evidence that the NHS was at risk from a transatlantic deal.

Mr. Corbyn only repeated "goodbye" when reporters asked him about the allegations of Russian interference in his current home in London

Mr. Corbyn only repeated "goodbye" when reporters asked him about the allegations of Russian interference in his current home in London

"It is up to the architects of this so-called" investigation "to explain how a short episode, which the British media rarely report, could have had an impact on the election result. We do not understand that. "

The statement goes on to say: “We also noted the Secretary of State's proposal that the UK government reserves the right to take appropriate action in the future.

"In this context, we would like to point out once again that unfriendly actions against Russia will not do without an adequate and appropriate response."

Mr. Corbyn waved the documents during the 2019 general election, claiming they showed that Britain was preparing to sell the NHS under a trade agreement with the U.S. The government angrily denied the allegations as "nonsense."

US-UK trade paper leak: The latest allegation of attempts to destabilize the West has been directed against Russia

In the past decade, Russia has been subjected to a number of allegations that have been supported by the state to destabilize neighboring countries and the West.

Russia has been accused in the past of trying to interfere in Moldova's policies between Ukraine and Romania by supporting favorable political candidates for the East, despite politicians' demands to favor a more Western and NATO-friendly approach.

Russia was also linked to a failed coup in Montenegro in 2016.

The defendants who planned the coup included leaders of the Montenegrin opposition and two Russian nationals, Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, who had fled the country and were detained "in their absence". Russia denied any involvement.

In 2019, Bulgarian prosecutors accused three Russians of poisoning in their absence to attempt to murder three Bulgarian arms dealers.

The poisoning was examined for possible connections with the nerve agent attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Great Britain in 2018.

They opened an investigation at the National Cyber ​​Security Center after complaining that the material had been distributed by Russians.

In a written statement by Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, which was published on Parliament's website, it says today: "Based on a comprehensive analysis, the government has come to the conclusion that it is almost certain that Russian actors have attempted to act government documents acquired and leaked through illegal online reinforcement to interfere in the 2019 parliamentary elections. & # 39;

Although Mr. Raab cautiously stopped blaming the Russian state and Vladimir Putin directly, he insisted that "Russian actors" were involved in getting the documents to light.

Tories said the episode is "an integral part of the Russian game book" and the countries have been at issue over a number of issues, including the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in 2018.

Mr. Corbyn merely repeated "goodbye" desperately looking for his keys while being interviewed by reporters this afternoon about the allegations at his home in London.

Labor condemned "any attempt by Russia or any foreign power to interfere in our country's democratic processes." "Labor is ready to work bipartisan to protect our nation's security," a spokeswoman said.

Russian Foreign Minister spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: "The statement is so foggy and contradictory that it is practically impossible to understand it."

Tory MP Bob Seely said: "It is clear that political manipulation is still an essential part of the Russian game book to attack Western values ​​and institutions."

The results were announced today when Parliament's Secret Service and Security Committee was finally appointed seven months after its last meeting.

The Prime Minister's spokesman dismissed "nonsense" claims that have now been announced to depart from the upcoming release of a long-delayed report on Russian interference that will harm Boris Johnson.

In a statement to MPs today, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said during the campaign – which resulted in a large Tory majority – that an "inter-governmental electoral security cell was set up to coordinate responses to electoral threats and threats".

"Based on a comprehensive analysis, the government has concluded that it is almost certain that Russian actors have attempted to interfere in the 2019 general election by expanding illegally acquired and leaked government documents online," he said.

Sensitive government documents related to the UK-US free trade agreement were illegally acquired prior to the 2019 general election and distributed online through the Reddit social media platform. When these became less attractive, further attempts were made to advertise the illegally acquired material online in the run-up to the parliamentary elections.

“While there is no evidence of a wide-ranging Russian election campaign against the parliamentary elections, any attempt to interfere in our democratic processes is completely unacceptable. Protecting our democracy and elections is and remains an absolute priority.

Boris Johnson

Dominic Raab

Boris Johnson (pictured in the House of Commons yesterday) dismissed Labor's claims that the NHS was "for sale" as "nonsense."

& # 39; There is an ongoing criminal investigation and it would be inappropriate for us to go any further at this point.

"The government reserves the right to take appropriate action in the future."

A Labor spokesman said: “We condemn any attempt by Russia or any foreign power to interfere in our country's democratic processes.

Labor is ready to work across parties to protect the security of our nation.

"This includes our response to the release of the long-awaited Intelligence Security Committee report on the Russian threat to Britain."

How a leaked trade dossier got into Jeremy Corbyn's hands: a timeline of events

October 21, 2019: Leaked documents labeled "Official Sensitive" are leaked on Reddit by a user Gregoratior under the heading "Britain is practically on its knees and working on a trade agreement with the United States".

It claims that the UK was preparing to reject EU hygiene and phytosanitary standards to allow the sale of US chlorinated chicken in the UK.

Beginning of November 2019: Despite the explosive leak, little attention is paid to the documents.

November 27, 2019: As the elections approach, Labor hastily convenes a press conference at which chairman Jeremy Corbyn unveils a 451-page document confirming that NHS services would be on the table as part of UK-US trade negotiations.

December 6, 2019: Reddit confirms that a leak of official US-UK trade documents that occurred on its platform was the work of Russian activists and was part of a long-term campaign with political influence. The site said it had blocked 61 accounts that were part of a coordinated effort.

The leaked document played a major role in Labor's election campaign when they claimed they could not trust the government to protest the NHS in a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States.

Mr. Corbyn refused to disclose the source of the material – although there is no suggestion that Labor was provided directly by Russian actors.

The online forum Reddit later blocked a number of accounts, according to which unedited versions were uploaded as "part of a campaign reported as originating from Russia".

At the time, Mr. Johnson said, "We need to get to the bottom of the leak."

However, he insisted that he saw no evidence of "Russia's successful interference in a democratic event in that country."

Mr Raab said the UK would "continue to request and respond to malicious activity, including any attempt to intervene in our democratic processes with our international partners".

"We fully support the recent measures taken by our German partners, who exposed Russian responsibility for their parliament's hack in 2015, and their intention to take action against those responsible under the cyber sanctions regime," he added.

Today's allegations are not the first time that Russia has been accused of being involved in cyber attacks.

In the 2016 US presidential election, the Democratic National Committee was the subject of a cyber attack that released hacked emails related to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

U.S. intelligence officials later found that the hack was carried out by Russia to interfere in the election to support Donald Trump's campaign.

Russian cyber espionage group Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bears, is said to have acted against the World Anti-Doping Agency and accessed information about substances for which athletes have applied for and received a therapeutic use exemption.

Today, the NCSC, along with its cyber security colleagues in the United States and Canada, announced that the ATP29 hacking group has targeted organizations working on Covid-19 vaccines.

The hacking group was said to be "almost certainly" connected to the Russian state.

Cyber ​​security agencies added that they believed the attacks were aimed at stealing information about vaccine development rather than trying to disrupt the UK and other countries' own efforts to produce a vaccine

Russia and Britain's stormy relationship: How a once successful friendship between the allies of the double world war has deteriorated

Despite a tense and suspicious relationship lately, Britain and Russia have often been on the same side when it comes to war.

They allied to fight Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century and remove control of Europe from the French Empire, which at one point spanned most of the continent.

But as Russia's influence increased in the 19th century, relations with the British Empire began to deteriorate, leading to the bloody Crimean War in the late 19th century.

Britain and Russia allied in the early 19th century to fight Napoleon and to take control of Europe from the French Empire, which at one point spanned most of the continent

Britain and Russia allied in the early 19th century to fight Napoleon and to take control of Europe from the French Empire, which at one point spanned most of the continent

They settled their differences at the beginning of the 20th century in order to ward off Germany twice during the First and Second World Wars.

But as the USSR grew into a competing global superpower for Britain's long-time ally, tensions increased after World War II.

During the Cold War, suspicions were fueled by a number of espionage and counter-espionage missions.

In recent years, however, the relationship has become increasingly tense, with the first major focus in 2006 when Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London.

Former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in 2006

Former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in 2006

The former KGB agent fled to the UK after making critical statements about Russia – and continues to do so while living in England.

He was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210, which was thought to be sprayed into a cup of tea. Litvinenko died in the hospital three weeks later.

An investigation was carried out and it was found that the polonium could be traced back to a Russian nuclear power plant, while an investigation in 2016 showed that the measures were likely to be approved by leading Russian officials, including Vladamir Putin

Relations deteriorated again when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, despite widespread Western condemnation.

And they hit an all-time low in 2018 with the poisoning of retired spy Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who had acted as a double agent for British intelligence.

His daughter he and daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury with the deadly nerve agent Novichok, which was believed to be administered by two Russian agents – both deny any involvement. Russia also denied any involvement.

At a now famous moment, then Prime Minister Theresa May Putin confronted the poisoning, which she described as a "truly detestable act" during a frosty meeting of the two heads of state and government at a G20 summit in 2018

At a now famous moment, then Prime Minister Theresa May Putin confronted the poisoning, which she described as a "truly detestable act" during a frosty meeting of the two heads of state and government at a G20 summit in 2018

Although both Skripals survived the assassination attempt, a woman named Dawn Sturgess died after accidentally spraying the nerve agent on herself after receiving a fake perfume bottle – presumably carelessly thrown away by the Skripal attackers.

The then Prime Minister Theresa May confronted Putin with the poisoning, which she described as a "really detestable act" during a frosty meeting between the two leaders at a G-20 summit.

After the Salisbury poisoning, MPs urged England to boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while three Lions fans were warned of possible setbacks by Russian "ultras".

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