UK's security chief: Cooperation with Europe more vital now

MI5 Andrew Parker delivers a speech in central London on the security threat facing Britain

MI5 Andrew Parker delivers a speech in central London on the security threat facing Britain

"Our respect for Russia's people ... can not and must not stop us from calling out and pushing back on the Kremlin's flagrant breaches of global rules", the head of Britain's MI5 spy agency, Andrew Parker, told an intelligence gathering in Berlin.

Parker accused Russian Federation of carrying out the March 4 nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, and blamed Moscow for "flagrant breaches of global rules".

President Vladimir Putin claims that British allegations are "nonsense" but that Moscow is willing to cooperate with London on the probe.

Parker is also expected to raise Salisbury spy poisoning saga there, where the United Kingdom has accused Russia of carrying out the attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Parker called for more action "to shine a light through the fog of lies, half-truths and obfuscation that pours out of their propaganda machine".

THE head of MI5 says it is more vital than ever that European spy agencies stand together to counter the threat Russian Federation poses to Western democracies.

The UK has nevertheless said it has intelligence which shows the attack on March 4, which involved a nerve agent from the novichok family of substances, was carried out by Russian Federation.

Russian diplomats were expelled from the United Kingdom following the incident and 28 European nations agreed to support Mrs May's action.

Europe and Britain face joint threats from Russian Federation and Islamic State, head of United Kingdom intelligence services warns.

Parker will argue that despite its heavy losses and retreat in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State still presents a threat to Western democracies and "still aspires to direct devastating and more complex attacks".

Two other attacks took place in London in June, both of them involving vehicles that rammed into passers-by.

In total 36 innocent people died in attacks in 2017, in London and Manchester, making it the most deadly year for the United Kingdom since the bombings in the capital in 2005.

Parker will thank European security agencies for their support in the investigation following the Manchester bombing that claimed 22 lives almost a year ago.

Mr Parker also said 12 terror plots have been thwarted in the United Kingdom since March previous year, taking the total number of disrupted attacks in the United Kingdom to 25 since 2013.

He will reveal that 12 terror plots have been foiled by United Kingdom authorities in little over a year.

Mr Parker will spell out why an effective security partnership between the United Kingdom and Europe is more operationally vital than ever before.

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