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Russian embassy trolls UK prime minister with Pepe cartoon

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Written by Kamil Arli

The Twitter account for Russia’s embassy in London sent a messageyesterday taunting UK prime minister Theresa May, suggesting that that the prospect of closer ties between the US and Russia was worrying for Britain — catty, but accurate. The kicker, though, was that the tweet also included of a picture of Pepe, the favorite frog meme of neo-Nazis and white nationalists.

Controversial cartoon Pepe the Frog used on social media by Moscow’s embassy in London.

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THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN LONDON ON MONDAY

The Russian embassy in London on Monday sent out a tweet calling into question the relationship between the U.S. and U.K., and included a picture of the alt-right’s meme of choice.

The tweet read: “In today’s papers: pundits call on @Theresa_May to disrupt possible Russia-US thaw. No trust in Britain’s best friend and ally?” along with a picture of Pepe the Frog, a favored online symbol of white nationalists and Donald Trump supporters.

It was unclear which newspaper reports the Russians were referring to; on Saturday, Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May in the spring. “Britain, a long time U.S. ally, is very special,” he wrote. Also on Saturday, it was reported that British intelligence provided a tipoff to the U.S. in 2015 about the extent of Russian hacking on the presidential election.

IT WAS REVEALED THAT BORIS JOHNSON, THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY

On Sunday it was revealed that Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, had traveled to New York to meet with members of Trump’s transition team — the first talks between members of the incoming administration and a U.K. minister since Trump’s election in November.

May told Sky News on Sunday she had had two “positive conversations” with Trump. May called the president-elect’s lewd remarks about women “unacceptable” but added that relations between the two countries were “much bigger” than an individual friendship between her and Trump.

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