European spy chiefs warn of threats from Russian Federation and ISIS

European spy chiefs warn of threats from Russian Federation and ISIS

In the first public speech outside the United Kingdom by a serving head of MI5, Andrew Parker will tell an event in Berlin hosted by Germany's BfV domestic intelligence service that Islamic State militants are plotting "devastating and more complex attacks".

"I don't do politics but it is of course political arrangements, laws and treaties that permit or constrain what we can do together as agencies protecting our countries and Europe".

Britain suffered four deadly militant attacks a year ago - a suicide bombing at a Manchester pop concert and an attack on London Bridge.

Parker said Britain had thwarted 12 plots since March 2017, bringing the total number of disrupted attacks since 2013 to 25.

Speaking in Berlin on Monday, Parker listed a series of what he referred to as aggressive actions by Russian Federation, including interference in elections, cyber-attacks, disinformation and criminal thuggery.

MI5 chief Andrew Parker will warn of twin threats from Islamic State and Russian Federation, in a landmark speech to European security chiefs in Berlin, where he will also stress the importance of post-Brexit security ties.

Parker accused the Kremlin of "flagrant breaches of global rules" and said the attack on the Skripals was an example of Russia's malign activities that risked turning the country into an "isolated pariah".

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Mr Parker condemned the "reckless" attack, saying it put "numerous" lives at risk. Mr Skripal remains in hospital, while his daughter Yulia, who was also taken ill, was released to a secure location last month.

Britain said the Skripals were attacked with a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group of poisons, developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and '80s.

Vladimir Putin's regime has been the subject of worldwide condemnation since the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal in March, which saw the first use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.

Russian officials suggested the United Kingdom had carried out the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Germany's domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, said his agency, known as BfV, blames Russian authorities for orchestrating a persistent cyberattack aimed at stealing sensitive data so it can be used in future intelligence campaigns, such as what happened with the Democratic National Committee emails leaked during the 2016 US presidential election campaign.

Russian Federation is seeking to undermine European democracies and sow doubt in the West through malign activities and a "fog of lies", the head of Britain's domestic spy agency has told European intelligence chiefs. Its default position when challenged was "bare-faced lying". Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack.

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