Head of MI5 says nerve agent attack was 'deliberate and targeted'

Ruben Ruiz
May 15, 2018

Mr Parker will also underline the importance of intelligence and security co-operation between the United Kingdom and European Union countries after Brexit.

The MI5 director-general will say that with an unrelenting global terrorist threat and rising state aggression, the United Kingdom and Europe need to work together more than ever.

Addressing an audience of security chiefs in Berlin, Mr Parker will praise the global response to Salisbury, in which 28 European countries agreed to support the United Kingdom in expelling scores of Russian diplomats.

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

Next Tuesday the United Kingdom will mark one year since the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people attending a concert.

The speech will be directed to the Counter Terrorism Group which is compromised of intelligence heads from 30 European security services.

MI5, established in 1909 to counter German espionage ahead of World War One, is tasked with protecting British national security and so takes the lead, along with the police, in countering militant attacks.

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But Mr Parker will reserve his toughest language for Russian Federation, saying Mr Putin's government is pursuing an agenda through aggressive and pernicious actions by its military and intelligence services.

Parker will also warn about Russian attacks, and will tell the conference that a March nerve agent attack on Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal, which also injured a police officer, was a "deliberate and targeted malign activity" on British soil.

Skripal and daughter Yulia were hospitalized in March after they were attacked in Britain with the Soviet-era nerve agent novichok.

"We look forward to that day but our respect for Russia's people and desire for a productive relationship can not and must not stop us from calling out and pushing back on the Kremlin's flagrant breaches of global rules", he said.

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

The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

Parker is expected to call for the need to "shine a light through the fog of lies. out of their propaganda machine".

Other reports by GizPress

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