The Russian Embassy in London leapt to mock claims of electoral interference after Theresa May's extraordinary allegations that certain unidentified European politicians and officials are trying to meddle in the UK's upcoming general election.

The embassy posted a picture of The Times' front page on Thursday (4 May) to its 54,000 Twitter followers. The newspaper led with the prime minister's allegations outside Downing Street. Underneath, it was captioned: "Praise God it's not Russia this time".

Moscow has faced persistent accusations of interfering in last year's presidential election in the US which saw Donald Trump win the White House.

"Their purpose was to sow discontent and mistrust in our elections they wanted us to be at each others' throat when it was over," former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said at a Harvard University panel on Tuesday (2 May).

"It's influencing, I would say, legislative process today. That's wildly successful," he added.

At present, four separate committees are investigating Russia's alleged interference in the US election. They are: the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Oversight Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.

Reports have also emerged of Russian hackers targeting the campaign of French presidential hopeful, Emmanuel Macron. French voters will head to the poll to choose President Francois Hollande's successor on Sunday (7 May).

Macron's rival, Marine Le Pen visited the Kremlin in March as rumours of Russian interference swirled. In a meeting with the far-right leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "We do not want to influence events in any way, but we retain the right to meet with all the different political forces, just like our European and American partners do."

Meanwhile, as the UK prepares to head to the polls on 8 June, May has focused her ire on the EU.

"Britain's negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press," she said in an stinging broadside outside Downing Street on Wednesday (3 May).

"The European Commission's negotiating stance has hardened. Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials.

"All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on 8 June," the prime minister added, accusing certain officials in Brussels of not wanting Britain to prosper.

The Russian Embassy in London is no stranger to making quips on social media, as these past posts show.