Director General of MI-5 intelligence service Andrew Parker gave a detailed interview with the Guardian, devoting considerable attention to the problem of foreign threats that Russia poses to Britain.
“It (Russia) 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.
Russia increasingly seems to define itself by opposition to the west and seems to act accordingly. You can see that on the ground of 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,” said the representative of British intelligence.
He went on to say that a large number of employees of Russian intelligence operate in Britain today pursuing the aim to find out the internal military secrets, economic information and policy of the government.
In response, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian President, said:
“Russia does use all possibilities, however, in contrast to what he said, is using all the possibilities, provided by international law, to promote its interests abroad.”
The QHA reported earlier that the European Parliament adopted a resolution on countering Russia’s propaganda. The document listed such Russian propaganda campaigns as the Russian cyber attack on Estonia, disinformation campaigns after the crash of Polish presidential plane near Smolensk and Flight MH17 in Donbas, as well as after the Russian annexation of Crimea and the campaign related to the migration crisis in Europe.