According to MI5 Director General Andrew Parker, Russia’s growing aggression and opposition to the UN and its use of complicated methods to achieve its goals is making it an increasing threat to the country and the rest of the world.
“It is using its whole range of state organs and powers to push its foreign policy abroad in increasingly aggressive ways – involving propaganda, espionage, subversion and cyber-attacks. Russia is at work across Europe and in the UK today. It is MI5’s job to get in the way of that,” Mr Parker said.
He also said Russia’s network of intelligence officers in the United Kingdom was populous and they continue to target military secrets, industrial projects, economic information and lastly government and foreign policies.
“Russia increasingly seems to define itself by opposition to the west and seems to act accordingly,” said Mr Parker. “You can see that on the ground with Russia’s activities in Ukraine and Syria. But there is high-volume activity out of sight with the cyber-threat. Russia has been a covert threat for decades. What’s different these days is that there are more and more methods available.”
The UN, UK, United States and Russia have increasingly departed from each other since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea using and arming insurgent assets in the area in 2013.
The issue escalated further as the UN Security Council where Russia is a part of had disagreed to using air strikes and arming the Syrian Opposition rebel groups to fight against the Syrian Regime. In turn, Russia had declared support to destroy all opposition from Islamist militants including the Al-Nusra front and ISIS.
However, Russia had also bombed rebel-held positions in Aleppo including assets of Saudi Arabia and the United States.