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
- Trials get underway for Catalan separatists after declaration of independence
- Catalan separatists go on hunger strike
- Former Catalan leaders ordered to pay millions in costs
- Public prosecutor announced trial date for Catalan separatists
- Supreme Court orders former Catalan leaders to trial over independence declaration
- Catalan independence parties declare launch of “Government in exile”
- Torra writes to Sanchez, Trump and the Pope to call for negotiations
- Torra’s demands for roadmap to independence results in rejection from Madrid
- Tens of thousands gather to protest on anniversary of independence referendum
- Disruption as protests held on referendum anniversary
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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