Bri­tish spy chief warns of threats from an ‘ag­gres­sive’ Rus­sia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE head of Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence agency MI5, An­drew Parker, warned of Rus­sia act­ing in “in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive ways” and util­is­ing new tech­nolo­gies in its op­po­si­tion to the West.

“It is us­ing its whole range of state or­gans and pow­ers to push its for­eign pol­icy abroad in ag­gres­sive ways – in­volv­ing pro­pa­ganda, es­pi­onage, sub­ver­sion and cyber-at­tacks.

“Rus­sia is at work across Europe and in the UK to­day. It is MI5’s job to get in the way of that,” Mr Parker told The Guardian news­pa­per.

The di­rec­tor gen­eral of the UK’s do­mes­tic se­cu­rity ser­vice was speak­ing af­ter Bri­tish war­ships ear­lier this month shad­owed a Russian air­craft car­rier bat­tle group through the North Sea, which was en route to the eastern Mediter­ranean.

De­fence Min­is­ter Michael Fal­lon said the Russian naval de­ploy­ment was “clearly de­signed to test” Bri­tish and broader NATO ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Last month Britain scram­bled fighter jets from an air­base in Scot­land as two Russian bombers neared, but did not en­ter UK airspace.

“But there is high-vol­ume ac­tiv­ity out of sight with the cyber-threat. Rus­sia has been a covert threat for decades. What’s dif­fer­ent these days is that there are more and more meth­ods avail­able,” Mr Parker added.

The spy chief ’s com­ments fol­low the US ear­lier this month ac­cus­ing Rus­sia of try­ing to in­ter­fere in the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion by hack­ing US po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, charges the Krem­lin has re­peat­edly dis­missed.

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