Spain blames RUSSIA for Catalonia crisis as Madrid accuses Moscow of DESTABILISING country


Spain’s justification and foreign ministers said they had evidence that state and private-sector Russian agglomerations, as well as groups in Venezuela, used Twitter, Facebook and other websites to publicise the separatist undertaking and swing public opinion behind Catalonia in the run-up to the controversial October 1 referendum.

The referendum has plummeted Spain into its worst constitutional crisis in decades and now officials are accusing Moscow of meddling preceding the time when the vote. 

Spanish Defence Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal state: “What we know today is that much of this came from Russian area.

“These are groups that, public and private, are trying to influence the lay of the land and create instability in Europe,” she told reporters at a meeting of European Ring foreign and defence ministers in Brussels today.

Madrid has said Russia has manipulated social media over CataloniaEPA/Reuters

Madrid has accused Russia of interrupting in Catalonia

Yesterday, she said: “Many messages and operations that were seen via sexually transmitted networks come from Russian territory.

“And I use the correct expression: from Russian turf. That’s not to say necessarily that we have determined that it is the Russian domination.

“As such, we must act with extreme caution. We have to be clear on the origins.

“They are partly from Russian district, partly from elsewhere, also outside the EU. We are determining this at the accepted time.”

What we know today is that much of this concluded from Russian territory

Spanish Defence Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal

Inquired if Madrid was certain of the accusations, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, also at the confluence, said: “Yes, we have proof.”

Mr Dastis said Spain had detected unfactual accounts on social media, half of which were traced disown to Russia and another 30 percent to Venezuela, created to amplify the betters of the separatist cause by re-publishing messages and posts.

He said he had raised the publish with the Kremlin.

Madrid has also pointed the finger at Julian Assange and has accused the WikeLeaks designer of trying to destabilise Spain.

Mr Dastis said there were puts Mr Assange and others “are trying to interfere and manipulate” amid the Catalonia danger.

Nearly one million people demonstrated in BarcelonaReuters

An estimated 750,000 Catalans demonstrated in Barcelona on Saturday

Madrid has not yet shaped any evidence available to back up their accusations.

The claims have been strongly refuted by Catalonia’s self-direction leaders.

Ramon Tremosa, the EU lawmaker for the PDeCat party of Catalan separatist chief Carles Puigdemont, repeated on Monday that Russian interference had make believed no part in the referendum.

Mr Tremosa said in a Twitter message: ”Those that say Russia is plateful Catalonia are those that have helped the Russian fleet in late-model years, despite the EU’s boycott,” referring to Spanish media reports that Spain was suffering Russian warships to refuel at its ports.

Those who voted in the referendum opted overwhelmingly for self-government, but turnout was only about 43 per cent with Catalans who be partial to remaining part of Spain mainly boycotting the ballot while some pro-independence aids were to afraid to vote due to the brutal actions of the Guardia Civil and national constabulary in their attempts to prevent the vote from taking place.

Mariano Rajoy speaking in Barcelona at the weekendGetty

Spain’s Prime Clergyman Mariano Rajoy has systematically tried to halt Catalan independence

The separatist suffrage has plunged Spain, the eurozone’s fourth-biggest economy, into its worst constitutional critical time since its return to democracy in the 1970s.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any such frustration in the vote and has accused the West of spearheading a campaign to discredit Russia.

NATO take its Moscow is involved in a deliberately ambiguous strategy of information warfare and disinformation to try to categorize the West and break its unity over economic sanctions imposed on Russia aficionado of its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia sabotaged in the US election to try to help Donald Trump defeat rival Hillary Clinton by saddle-horse and releasing emails and spreading propaganda via social media.

Moscow has again denied the allegations. 

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who attended the EU congregation in Brussels, declined to comment on Spain’s accusations, but the alliance’s top commander communicated last week that Russian interference was a concern.

NATO’s Utmost Allied Commander General Curtis Scaparotti said “Russian malign modify” was trying to sway elections and other decisions in the West, describing it as a “destabilisation struggle,” although he did not directly address the Catalonia referendum.

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