MI5 boss to criticise Russia over 'flagrant breaches of international rules'

  • MI5 boss to criticise Russia over 'flagrant breaches of international rules'

MI5 boss to criticise Russia over 'flagrant breaches of international rules'

Parker, whose speech in Berlin was the first by a serving MI5 director outside Britain, said security agencies had thwarted 12 terrorist plots in the United Kingdom since Parliament was attacked in March 2017.

Britain and the European Union need to maintain a close security relationship after Brexit to counter the threat posed by Russian Federation and the terror group Islamic State, MI5 chief Andrew Parker said Monday.

"Daesh still aspires to direct, devastating and more complex attacks", he will say.

The MI5 chief stressed that the "sustained global focus" was required to defeat the Daesh* terrorist group, which has claimed multiple attacks in Europe and elsewhere in the last few years, even though the group has suffered significant losses in the Middle East. As I speak today, they are seeking to regroup, and the threat seems likely to persist.

In December, Parker said that nine terrorist attacks had been foiled in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months.

Today's updated total of 12 brings the total number of disrupted attacks in the United Kingdom to 25 since 2013.

Mr Parker, who has a 35-year career in intelligence, will say: "In today's uncertain world we need that shared strength more than ever".

"I am 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 of we share with our European partners", he said.

He also criticised Russia's actions after the incident in Wiltshire.

In addition to threats from the Islamic State, Parker also accused Russia of carrying out, "aggressive and pernicious actions", and "flagrant breaches of global rules", citing the attack on former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter on 4 March as an example of Russia's "malign activities".

'The attack on Skripals is the example of Russia's aggressive actions, which may end up isolating the country from the rest of the world, ' the official said.

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.

Russian Federation denied any involvement in the Salisbury attack and challenged Britain to prove Moscow was to blame. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.

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