Published: Tue, May 15, 2018

British spy chief: 'Reckless' Russian behavior threatens West

British spy chief: 'Reckless' Russian behavior threatens West

In a speech in Berlin on Monday, he told European intelligence agencies how Russian Federation had come up with at least 30 different explanations for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury in March.

"But its repeated choices have been to pursue that aim through aggressive and pernicious actions by its military and intelligence services".

Although there have been no further attacks in the United Kingdom since the Parsons Green Tube incident in London last September, which did not claim any lives but injured 23 people, Mr Parker will warn that the threat from Isis, also known as Daesh, has not gone away.

Mr Parker said the Russian government was the "chief protagonist" trying to undermine European democracies with "malign activities" adding that the country risked becoming a more "isolated pariah".

This brings the total number of disrupted attacks since 2013 to 25.

Parker will say the attack is evidence of Russian Federation pursuing an agenda through "aggressive and pernicious actions" and risks making the country a "more isolated pariah".

Parker will accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin's government of being "in flagrant breach of worldwide rules" and say it's guilty of pursuing "aggressive and pernicious actions by its military and intelligence services".


Russia, he said, had sought to deploy an unprecedented level of disinformation following the attack.

Plots have also included knife and vehicle rampages across the country.

Mr Parker said that he is "confident about our ability to tackle these threats, because of the strength and resilience of our democratic systems, the resilience of our societies and the values we share with our European partners".

The speech marks the first time a serving MI5 director has given a public speech outside Britain.

Mr Parker will also underline the importance of intelligence and security co-operation between the United Kingdom and European Union countries after Brexit.

Apart from common European platforms such as the Counter Terrorism Group, much of the intelligence sharing is bilateral.

He will be speaking to the Counter Terrorism Group, which comprises intelligence chiefs from 30 European domestic security services. He warned that it was intensifying and diversifying.

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