MI5 chief calls for close security cooperation with Europe after Brexit

MI5 chief calls for close security cooperation with Europe after Brexit

MI5 chief calls for close security cooperation with Europe after Brexit

"Our respect for Russia's people ... can not and must not stop us from calling out and pushing back on the Kremlin's flagrant breaches of worldwide rules", the head of Britain's MI5 spy agency, Andrew Parker, told an intelligence gathering in Berlin.

The head of MI5 will launch an excoriating blast at Russian Federation today, accusing Vladimir Putin's regime of flagrant breaches of global law.

In particular, Parker pointed to Russian Federation, which has been accused of attempting to poison former spy Sergei Skripal in a state-sponsored attack in Salisbury, UK, in March of this year.

"In today's uncertain world, we need that shared strength more than ever", Parker, who gives very few public speeches, will say.

Yulia Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei were exposed to military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury.

The incident led to a sharp deterioration in relations between the west and Moscow, with more than 20 countries and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation joining the United Kingdom in expelling 150 Russian diplomats.

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

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

In December last year, Parker had revealed that nine terrorist attacks had been prevented by the UK's security services and police since 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove a vehicle into pedestrians before launching a knife attack after crashing into the side of the Parliament, killing five people on March 22 last year.

The Russian government risks making the country an outlaw because of the Skripals case; Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, the British security service said this as quoted by Reuters.

He will declare 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".

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

Parker will thank European security agencies for their support in the investigation following the Manchester bombing that claimed 22 lives almost a year ago.

He praised the Counter-Terrorism Group, which groups all 28 European Union countries, Switzerland, and Norway, for its exchange of intelligence.

Mr Parker will spell out why an effective security partnership between the United Kingdom and Europe is more operationally vital than ever before.

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