The UNITED kingdom to warn Russia of cyber attacks

Reuters

Boris Johnson, warns Russia to stop cyber-attacks that threaten Britain’s national security, or the face of retaliation similar to those of the UNITED kingdom.

To say that the UNITED kingdom does not have malicious intentions online, but has the technical ability to combat cyber-espionage.

Mr Johnson is the first british foreign minister to visit Russia in five years.

His trip follows Theresa May’s accusation last month that Russia was trying to “undermine society”.

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says that the relations between the two countries are “very bad, in the worst cases, horrible”.

The prime minister of the UNITED kingdom warned in November about the risks of Russia “sustained campaign of cyber-espionage and break”.

His criticisms were repeated by Ciaran Martin, managing director of GCHQ, the National Cyber Security Center, who said that Russia is “trying to undermine the international system”.

At a meeting In Moscow later, Mr. Johnson will tell his counterpart, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, that the UNITED kingdom does not accept Russia’s “hostile” behavior.

Before that trip, Mr Johnson said that relations between the UK and Russia “were not so bad for a very long time”.

“There are areas in which Russia is behaving in a way more hostile towards our interests, which at any time after the end of the Cold War.

“I want to make it clear that… there are things that we find extremely difficult to accept, and that we cannot accept”.

The two politicians are set to discuss the threat to global security of North Korea, the search for a political solution in Syria and the preservation of the Iranian nuclear deal.

Mr Johnson raised the issue of the safety of English fans when Russia hosts the World Cup next year.

The russians have been blamed for injuring more than 100 England supporters in Marseille during the European Football Championship 2016.

‘Not business as usual”

The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent James Robbins

So what is the point of this meeting, which was cancelled two times before?

From Britain’s point of view, is to persuade Russia – as a fellow permanent member of the UN Security Council – to co-operate against common threats: from North Korea in particular, but also from a ruined Syria, where no peace agreement is in sight.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign affairs says that Russia is interested in “finding a way to normalize the relations with great Britain, and to reactivate the cooperation”.

But Boris Johnson says that it can’t simply be “a return to business as usual”. There are expectations of a substantial progress.