UK to Propose ‘Rapid Response Unit’ Against Russia

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will use the G7 summit in Canada to sound out fellow leaders on a multinational rapid reaction force to counter Russia’s alleged aggression, US media said.

The plan was reportedly divulged by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to a closed-door meeting of Conservative activists at a dinner on Wednesday. Buzzfeed News said it had the recording.

“She will be putting forward a British plan that will have global support to set up a rapid response unit to identify Russian malfeasance… whether it’s cyber warfare, assassinations, calling it out and identifying it,” he was quoted as saying.

On Monday, UK lawmaker Bob Seely said in a report published by the Henry Jackson Society think tank that the Western countries may be facing a conflict with Russia, including alleged use of hybrid warfare, such as hackers and Internet trolls along with “politically-connected business executives, spin doctors, paid-for protestors” for the “foreseeable future.”

Bob Seely also noted that some of the methods, allegedly employed by Russia, have been supposedly used by China and Iran as well.

May is expected in Charlevoix in Quebec on Friday for a meeting with Canadian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and US leaders. Earlier this year, she blamed Russia for a poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury and ordered 23 Russian diplomats out of the country. Russia denied any alleged involvement and responded in kind.

Russian officials have also repeatedly pointed out that strong anti-Russian sentiment is being promoted in Western countries.

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