MOSCOW, 1 Nov — RIA Novosti. The head of the British counterintelligence service MI5, Andrew Parker, claimed that Russia allegedly constitutes a growing threat to the stability of the UK and uses modern means to achieve their goals, but no concrete evidence he did not.
“(Russia — ed.) uses a number of state bodies to advance its foreign policy abroad increasingly aggressive methods, including propaganda, espionage, sabotage, and cyber attacks. Russia is acting throughout Europe and the UK. MI5 is working to counter this”, — quotes the British newspaper the Guardian the words of Parker.
According to the newspaper, the head of MI5 also said that in the UK there are many alleged Russian intelligence officers.
“The goal of Russia are military secrets, industrial projects, economic information, government policy and foreign policy,” he said.
“It seems that Russia is increasingly defines itself as opposition to the West and seems to be working appropriately… Out of sight there is a high activity, associated with cyber threats. For many decades, Russia was a hidden threat. The difference is that now, more and more methods available,” said Parker.
In addition, it is reported that in the UK there are “about three thousand Islamic extremists, most of them British”, that within five years, the number of MI5 officers will increase from four thousand to five thousand, and also rejected claims that Brexit will affect the cooperation with the European intelligence services.
It is noted that this is the first newspaper interview that the current head of MI5 gave over 107 years of service. Parker stated that he met with journalists of the Guardian, despite the release of documents by Edward Snowden and skepticism regarding the need for additional forces for security services.
“We understand that the world is changing, we too must change. We need to talk about our work and explain it,” said Parker.
Earlier, representatives of the Democratic party and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke directly about the Russian involvement in hacking computer systems of the US Democratic party, allegedly to influence the outcome of elections. No evidence of Moscow’s involvement in these actions the American government has not provided.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on accusations, said that in the published data there is nothing in the interests of Moscow, and hysteria-mongering to divert attention from the content of the documents.