Russia and other countries are trying to “exploit” the coronavirus crisis, the UK’s foreign secretary has told Sky News.
Dominic Raab said hostile governments are using the challenges thrown up by the global pandemic to take advantage of “a perceived opportunity”.
But he denied their actions have had a substantial impact, adding: “I don’t think they’ve made a material difference to our response in health terms.”
Speaking to Kay Burley@Breakfast, Mr Raab also pointed to China’s bid to enforce its national security law on a former British colony.
“I think we’ve seen it in relation to Hong Kong,” he said on Thursday.
“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.”
The EU has previously accused pro-Kremlin media of putting out disinformation on COVID-19 in line with an alleged Russian strategy to “sow distrust and chaos and exacerbate crisis situations”.
source: sky news