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 MI5 chief: Skripals' poisoning to make Russia "more isolated pariah” in international community

Chief of the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency Andrew Parker will warn of the continued threat of attacks on Britain from the so-called Islamic State and Russia in a rare speech outside the country on Monday.

Speaking for the first time since the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March, Parker will describe how the incident was a "deliberate and targeted malign activity" that risks Russia becoming a "more isolated pariah" in the international community, according to excerpts from the speech, to be delivered in Berlin, Censor.NET reports citing Bloomberg.

Parker will accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government of being "in flagrant breach of international rules" and say it’s guilty of pursuing "aggressive and pernicious actions by its military and intelligence services."

He’ll also condemn what he calls the unprecedented level of Russia’s disinformation following the attack, with the need "to shine a light through the fog of lies, half-truths and obfuscation that pours out of their propaganda machine."

The head of the U.K.’s domestic intelligence agency will also emphasize the inter-dependence of Europe’s security community in the face of multiple threats, and praise the multinational Counter-Terrorism Group, which is comprised up of 30 European agencies all sharing information in real time.

As reported, Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on March 4. The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok and PM Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable."

UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full and robust" response – prompting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to say it will "certainly" expel British diplomats in response.

On March 16, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had "no reason to doubt the findings and assessments by the British government" which suggested Russian responsibility. He said the "UK is not alone" and Nato allies gave "strong political support" to Britain, following a joint statement from the US, France and Germany backing Mrs May's government and a pledge of support from Australia.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that the U.K.'s government believes that it was likely Putin's decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.

On March 26, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States, including 12 people identified as Russian intelligence officers who have been stationed at the United Nations in New York.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3065856