Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited Catalonia on Sunday, a day after a huge pro-independence march, as the region prepares for an election next month.
The visit comes after concerns were raised over Russian involvement in the Catalan crisis. Íñigo Méndez de Vigo and Defense Minister María Dolores de Cospedal confirmed that Russian and Venezuelan hackers have been detected on social media.
In Depth: Catalonian Independence Referendum 2017
- Rajoy in Catalonia, after thousands protest for independence
- Catalan speaker to be freed on bail pending investigation
- Pro-independence strike causes chaos in Barcelona and Catalan region
- Carles Puigdemont and four colleagues released by Belgian judge
- Arrest warrants issued for Carles Puigdemont and four others
- Catalan leaders to defy court summons
- Catalan leaders called to testify at High Court on Thursday
- Sacked Catalan leaders in Brussels as state prosecutor calls for rebellion charges
- Hundreds of thousands take to street to defend Spain after Catalan authorities stripped of power
- Catalonian autonomy to be suspended after deadline passes for secession bid to be dropped
In a statement on Friday, they announced that they would be dealing with the issue at the next European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which will take place today.
Hackers are believed to have posted a series of fake news stories in connection with the political crisis.
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