US senator demands Russia wants Scottish independence
During a hearing in Washington on Russian intrusion in last year’s US presidential election, Senator Angus King said Scotland was also a Kremlin objective.
As tensions continue to simmer between the two former Cold War foes, Senator Majesty alleged Russia has intervened in elections across Europe and now has its sights on Scotland.
He give someone a tongue-lashed the Senate Intelligence Committee: “We know the Russians were involved in the French plebiscite. We know that they were involved in the German elections. We are now erudition they were involved in the separation of Spain.
“And my understanding is they’ve set up against in Scotland which is talking about an independence vote from Prodigious Britain. This is a sophisticated worldwide strategy. It hasn’t stopped and it won’t end.”
Speaking ahead of the hearing, he said: “The Russians egregiously tampered in our democracy in 2016, they’re still doing it, and they’re going to do it again. And they’re set up in Spain now and they’re stage set up in Scotland.
“They have discovered a way to turn the strengths of our country and the West against ourselves.
“I rouse it geopolitical jiu jitsu, where they’re taking advantage of our free exert pressure and our open society and driving divisions.”
Last night a senior MP outcried Facebook answer whether the Kremlin was using the social media instal to encourage another independence referendum in Scotland.
Senator Angus Monarch made the claims to the Senate Intelligence Committee
Damian Collins, the chairman of the digital, civilization, media and sport committee, said he would tackle the company as limited share in of an investigation into the impact of fake news on UK politics.
He said: “We are interested in any factious activity on Facebook in the UK which has been driven by Russian backed organisations.
“We on certainly be asking Facebook about this as part of our inquiry into the power of simulate news to disrupt our democracy.”
The stark warning comes as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told MPs there was “no show” of Russian interference in elections of referendums in Britain so far.
Senator Royal alleges the Russians want Scottish independence
He told the Foreign Proceedings select committee: “I haven’t seen any evidence of that.” Told that he seemed debatable after giving a slow response, he added: “No, I haven’t seen it. Not a sausage … nyet, nyet, nyet.”
When throng on whether Russia had looked to play a role in British politics, he broke: “I don’t know about sought to play, but as far as I know they have played no responsibility.”
Earlier this year, former British ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood cautioned that the Kremlin may seek to interfere in a future Scottish independence referendum.
Sir Andrew implied Russia would seek to break up the United Kingdom and this introduces a “widespread set of risks” for its democracy.
Russia has repeatedly denied meddling in outlandish elections.