UK-Russia tensions: Russia ‘a growing threat' to UK, MI5 chief says

09:54 Nov. 1, 2016

Russia ‘a growing threat' to UK, MI5 chief says

Andrew Parker, the Director General of Britain’s domestic security service MI5 (AP Photo)

Andrew Parker talks ‘increasingly aggressive' Moscow in an interview with the Guardian 

Russia poses an increasing threat to the stability of the UK and is using all the sophisticated tools at its disposal to achieve its aims, the director general of MI5 has told the Guardian.

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"It is using its whole range of state organs and powers to push its foreign policy abroad in increasingly 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."

Parker said Russia still had plenty of intelligence officers on the ground in the UK, but what was different now from the days of the cold war was the advent of cyberwarfare. Russian targets include military secrets, industrial projects, economic information and government and foreign policy.

"Russia increasingly seems to define itself by opposition to the west and seems to act accordingly," said Parker.

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"You can see that on the ground with Russia's activities in Ukraine and Syria. 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."

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