British Foreign Secretary Admits "No Evidence" Found Of Russian Disruption Of UK Democracy

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Echoing the numerous initial comments from various US intelligence probes, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told British ITV that "we have no evidence the Russians are actually involved in trying to undermine our democratic processes..."

However, careful to toe the propaganda line, Johnson quickly retorted..."But what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that,” he insisted adding that Russians “have been up to all sorts of dirty tricks."

Remarkably, Johnson made these statements just weeks before his visit to Russia, during which he will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. His visit would be the first made to Moscow by a British Foreign Minister in five years. When asked what the UK’s approach to Russia should be now, he said that Britain needs to take “a twin-track approach” towards Russia. “As the prime minister has said, we’ve got to engage but we have to beware,” Johnson stated.

As RT reports, despite constantly saying there was solid proof that Russia had meddled in the affairs of other countries, such as by bringing down French TV stations and interfering in US elections, he failed to provide any concrete evidence to back his accusations.

Johnson also implicated that Russia was involved in the situation in Montenegro, where a group of Serbian nationalists was arrested in October of 2016 suspected of planning to carry out armed attacks on the day of the country’s parliamentary elections.

 

The British Telegraph newspaper later reported that the group was sponsored and controlled by the Russian intelligence officers and had actually tried to stage a coup targeting its Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic with “the support and blessing” of Moscow.

 

However, the paper’s report turned out to be based mostly on the assumptions of unidentified sources and Montenegrin Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime, Milivoje Katnic, confirmed that, despite the participation of several suspected “nationalists from Russia,” there was no “evidence that the state of Russia is involved in any sense.”

In the meantime, Russia’s ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, expressed hope that Johnson’s visit will contribute to the resumption of a pragmatic dialogue between the two countries based on mutual respect, the Sunday Express reported. While the ambassador admitted that the British foreign secretary’s visit would come “at a time when our official bilateral relationship is at the lowest point after the Cold War,” he said that Russia hopes “it [the visit] means that our British partners are interested in resumption of political dialogue.” At the same time, Yakovenko also said Russia does not “need a cozy relationship with Britain, just one based on mutual respect and national interest.”

“The rhetoric does matter, but without a positive agenda, it becomes an end in itself,” he added. The ambassador also reiterated that “Russia poses a threat to no one, including the Baltic States” and has no intention of influencing the political processes of any foreign countries. “It sounds ridiculous that Russia could influence the Western nations’ domestic affairs. Certainly, we have our views to air on various issues of public interest,” he said.

The ambassador also criticized Johnson’s most recent statements, saying that the anti-Russian campaign in the UK “should be toned down, and whatever evidence there is to support accusations against Russia, it should be made public.”

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Looney's picture

 

Brexit was, for sure, the best thing that happened to the UK in 60 years.

Now, let’s take it a bit further - let’s kick the Geriatric Dingbat out of the Buckingham Palace and replace her with Nigel Farage. He understands Sovereignty better than all Royal Freeloaders combined!

King Nigel… it does have a nice ring to it.  ;-)

Looney

MiniCooper's picture

The Queen ensures that the UK does not fall under the influence of the uncontrolled power of a President.

When the UK changes its Prime Minister the process is incredibly elegant. The old Prime Minister goes to the Palace and resigns and for about 15 minutes the Queen rules as absolute Sovereign and then gives that power away to the next Prime Minister.

The Queen is extremely anxious to make sure that the handover is as quick as possible. She does NOT want the power she is given and that is only held 'on trust' by her for a very short time on behalf of the people.

Witness the shambles of the handover of the US Presidency in contrast!

 

 

 

CultiVader's picture

Tell the Queen I said she should fuck off.

Killdo's picture

You'll probably be happy to hear that I once put my dick into one of her hats (when I used to work for her hatmaker)

nmewn's picture

Your Early Morning Fake Nuuuz Report:

The CNN, NYT's & WaPo editorial boards are reportedly shocked into silence that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would not feed into the rumor mill of the Alinsky press and attributed his name to a statement that there is no evidence that the Russians have interfered with British elections.

Instead of being, ya know, a "high ranking government official in a position to know who wishes to remain anonymous." 

Moar as it develops! ;-)

ebear's picture

One of my nephews met the Queen. She was in Thailand on a royal visit and reviewed the boy's school where he was a student.  He'd have been about 7 at the time.  Queen pointed out that the Union Jack he was holding was upside down.  Poor kid was mortified.  I mean, WTF?   He didn't do that. Some sloppy Thai flag maker did. 

I would have just let it go.  That would be the Royal thing to do.

Bitch.

flicker life's picture

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ebear's picture

$7K a month you say?  Why thank you!  I'll get right on it!

Galahad Threepwood's picture

Yeah. What a fucking cunt

 

Your nephew was lucky he didn't disappear like those children in Canada did

horseguards's picture

That's probably the extent of her knowledge. Fuckin' royal scum.

Sandmann's picture

 rules as absolute Sovereign

 

Not in UK she does not. No Monarch since Charles I has tried that.

Prime Minister is WHOEVER can get a majority in House of Commons to pass a Budget

East Indian's picture

James II did.

George III tried.

George V wanted to. 

Edward VIII would have.

Nothing good came out of it.

Sandmann's picture

 rules as absolute Sovereign

 

Not in UK she does not. No Monarch since Charles I has tried that.

Prime Minister is WHOEVER can get a majority in House of Commons to pass a Budget

horseguards's picture

Your fawning is embarrassing, you sad fuck. The queen ensures fuck-all; she has zero power. Read your constitutional history.

quax's picture

Brexit the vote happened, but the actual exit hasn't even started yet. Article 50 needs to be triggered which should happen within a month or so. Then there will be two years dragged out divorce procedures.

GreatUncle's picture

Article 50 has to be issued by the 31st March 2017.

If not you are reliant on QMV (quality majority voting) in the EU to approve it how kewl is that.

Makes the 1st April 2017 very poignant for the person who wrote the article 50 in, a UK person I do believe.

1st April if not left the UK is a nation of April fools forever.

The UK has "NEVER WON A QMV VOTE IN THE EU", why play a game if you can never win, best to leave.

We shall see, but on the 1st April 2017 if article 50 is not issued think it is safe to say 650 UK lawmakers are confirmed traitors.

Tick, tock, know quite a few people thinking this right now ...

Sandmann's picture

Article 50 has to be issued by the 31st March 2017.

ONLY if the Uk doesn't want to vote in MEP Elections in 2019
Wile-E-Coyote's picture

BREXIT article 50 to be triggered tomorrow after a bit of shilly-shallying in parliament today.

Then it will be two years of batting back ridiculous claims from the EU.

They won't make it easy, they still want £13bn per year contributions until the umbilical is cut for good.

phead's picture

The queens alright, she was brexit from the off, she's sat there now pen in hand waiting for the "dump the EU" bill to clear parliament.

Victor999's picture

Johnson stated the case clearly:

"But what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that,” he insisted adding that Russians “have been up to all sorts of dirty tricks."

 

"capable of doing that"...let that simmer a while.  Having 'capability' does not necessarily translate to 'doing'.  

 

It might also be useful to consider that GCHQ/MI6/CIA/Mossad and other intelligence services also have that 'capability'.

Bay of Pigs's picture

The NSA dwarfs them all.

Biggest spy agency in the world by far.

jez's picture

I have plenty of evidence that Boris Johnson is capable of jamming his head down the toilet and flushing repeatedly.

 

Unfortunately he never seems to get around to it.

HowdyDoody's picture

Does his haircut count as evidence?

skistroni's picture

A guy named Boris assuring that there was no Russian involvement? Nice try. He might stand a better chance if it was John Putin. 

HowdyDoody's picture

Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has Turkish antecedents. Nice try.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Johnson is going to Moscow soon

So now he's greasing his way to get a satisfactory meeting with Lavrov by telling the world what it already knows:

 

America  -- the CIA, the FBI, etc -- have been lying their tits off about Russia.

And making their lickspittles lie too.  

ft65's picture

First club and spear, then bow and arrow, then gun and bomb warfare; more recently we have economic warfare. Now it's back to the psychological  bogie-man, the cheapest form of warfare whether real, false flag or just more false news to keep us in line.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Boris is need haircut.

quax's picture

It's his trademark Neanderthal look. Take that away and he got nothing.

WTFUD's picture

Is it any wonder that the UK is now a shadow of its former self ( reliant on Fed Res handouts and NSA grants ) with buffoons like May & Johnson at the helm?

Sandmann's picture

You preferred Camern & Osborne..........clearly

WTFUD's picture

No Guy Fawkes & Pol Pot!

quax's picture

BoJo is going to be so delighted. He finally found some media that takes anything serious this clown says. It's only ZH, but hey it's a start!

quasi_verbatim's picture

Bonkers is our Talleyrand. As the lights go.out in the Chancelleries of Europe he will roll up the map.

Omega_Man's picture

I am glad he admitted that he is full of shit 

Long memory man's picture

Here in the UK we have NO evidence at all that the Prime Minister is a HOOKER, however we are aware that she has the potential to become one.

 

Who so ever is falling for this rubbish apart from the BBC is a muppet.

Whopper Goldberg's picture

Her last name gives it away  ''May''  means she might be.

beijing expat's picture

Bojo must be a Russian agent.

beijing expat's picture

Bojo must be a Russian agent.

Sandmann's picture

He is part Turkish and has a reputation for plagiarism. He is in a political party that takes funding from Russian Oligarchs on the run and looking for residence in UK. It also took a lot of money from Chinese  oligarchs using "river Companies" in Hong Kong. 

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1993/jun/16/funding-of-politi...

It is said that one of the benefits to donors was a tax break for foreign business men who are given tax exemptions equalled only in Switzerland, the Channel Islands and Luxembourg. How much is that costing the taxpayer? Is it not ironic that, when the Secretary of State for Social Security, the mad axeman of the Government, is prepared to savage the welfare state, the Government are forgoing substantial tax income from people who already have more money than they need? It is even reported that the Prime Minister hosted a fund-raising dinner for some of them.

One alleged beneficiary is John Latsis, who was extremely friendly with the Greek colonels. Another is Mr. Li Ka Shing, a Hong Kong billionaire who is well connected in Beijing. He is alleged to have given about half a million pounds.

It is ironic that the Tories made so much fuss about money going from Moscow to the Communist party. It seems that Communist-connected money is acceptable from Beijing but not from Moscow. It is also said that the Prime Minister dropped off for a special dinner in Hong Kong. We want to know the facts, and so do the public.

Why should overseas plutocrats take such an interest in our affairs to the tune of an estimated £7 million in 1991–92 alone? It is not just a question of foreign business men; it is believed that foreign Governments are also involved. The Governments of Brunei, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have all been mentioned in articles. Is the British Government's foreign policy up for sale? What is the truth and how many others are there? The public have a right to know."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-28450125

Since 2010, at least £1,157,433 has been donated to the party through British citizens who were formerly Russian citizens or are married to Russians or their associated companies. 

Here is a rundown of the biggest donors.

 

The wife of the former deputy finance minister of Russia last night won an auction at the Conservative summer party to play “the ultimate tennis match” with David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

The auction took place at the Hurlingham Club, west London, where secretaries of state sat at tables sponsored by hedge fund tycoons, senior oil executives and property developers.

Lubov Chernukhin, a banker, is believed to have paid £160,000 for the lot.

 

sinbad2's picture

Boris Johnson is a descendant of King George II, but was born in New York. He went to Eton and Oxford, he is 100% english establishment.

Sandmann's picture

Still Turkish ancestry

sinbad2's picture

The Duke of Edinburgh is known as Phil the Greek, because of his Greek ancestry. But you would still address him as your Royal Highness.

WTFUD's picture

I'd give up half my worldly goods and chattels to have Nigel Farage as UK Foreign Secretary in place of this bloated windbag of Elite Opportunism.

SwaziRed's picture

"no evidence the Russians are actually involved . . ."

. . . yet.

Tick tock.

Whopper Goldberg's picture

They have to manufacture the evidence first.