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Russia accused of trying to ‘exploit’ pandemic

by LLB Reporter

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused Russia of trying to “exploit” the pandemic and taking advantage of a “perceived opportunity.”

Raab said that Russia’s actions and that of other countries has had no significant impact and the UK is resilient to them taking advantage.

Speaking to Sky News Raab said, “I certainly think that coronavirus and the challenges that it has created an opportunity, or a perceived opportunity, for various different state and non-state actors.

“I don’t think they’ve made a material difference to our response in health terms.

“But certainly Russia and other countries, and indeed non-state actors, see the challenges that Covid-19 has created and are trying to exploit it.

“We are making sure we have got the resilience, the defence, the capabilities to prevent them from doing so.”

Directing his focus on China and their new security laws in Hong Kong, he said, “I think we’ve seen it in relation to Hong Kong.”

“I think some people are arguing – it’s difficult to glean whether it’s true or not, that this is something the national security legislation that’s being put forwards [that] is being done at a time when the world’s attention is on coronavirus.”

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