MI5 spy boss warns Russian Federation is seeking to split Europe

  • MI5 spy boss warns Russian Federation is seeking to split Europe

MI5 spy boss warns Russian Federation is seeking to split Europe

Parker, in the first public speech by an MI5 head delivered overseas, said that Britain wanted "a cordial relationship" with the Russian government but it needed to live up to its global obligations.

President Vladimir Putin claims that British allegations are "nonsense" but that Moscow is willing to cooperate with London on the probe.

During the meeting, Parker recalled the poisoning in Britain of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia.

Against the backdrop of Brexit negotiations, the chief stressed that European intelligence agencies must rely on "shared cooperation more than ever".

Skripal remains in hospital following the attack on March 4, but Yulia and a police officer injured in the incident have been discharged from hospital.

He will note that 28 European countries agreed to support the United Kingdom in expelling scores of Russian diplomats.

In total 36 innocent people died in attacks in 2017, in London and Manchester, making it the most deadly year for the United Kingdom since the bombings in the capital in 2005.

Last October, Mr Parker warned the United Kingdom was facing the highest tempo of threats he had seen during more than three decades working at MI5 following a spate of Islamist-inspired terror attacks on United Kingdom soil.

Mr Parker addressed the ongoing threat from Islamist-inspired terrorism warning that "Daesh still aspires to direct devastating and more complex attacks", despite territorial losses, in the wake of 45 attacks across Europe since 2016.

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

Speaking ahead of the May 22 anniversary of the Manchester bombing, Parker said that 12 plots had been thwarted since the Westminster attack, bringing the total number of disrupted attacks since 2013 to 25.

"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.

Mr Parker will add that "European intelligence cooperation today is simply unrecognisable to what it looked like five years ago" as he urges for greater unity.

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

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