MI5 chief - Not aware outside influence determined outcome of Brexit vote

Forensic officers searching the area around the bench where former Soviet Spy Sergei Skripal fell ill in March

Forensic officers searching the area around the bench where former Soviet Spy Sergei Skripal fell ill in March

In his first public comments since the Salisbury nerve agent attack, Andrew Parker will say that Moscow is using its spies and military to carry out flagrant breaches of global rules.

The UK, as Europe's preeminent intelligence power, is seeking a new security pact with the bloc to ensure it gets continued access to secrets from major European Union countries as it seeks to clinch a broader Brexit deal.

This was part of Parker's speech, which he voiced out in front of his European colleagues in Berlin.

But Mr Parker will say that he is "confident about our ability to tackle these threats, because of the strength and resilience of our democratic systems, the resilience of our societies and the values we share with our European partners".

Britain suffered four deadly militant attacks a year ago - a suicide bombing at a Manchester pop concert and an attack on London Bridge.

Police officers lay flowers in honor of the victims of the March 22 terror attack on the Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 23, 2017. These included a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester on May 22 in which 22 people were killed.

This brings the total number of disrupted attacks since 2013 to 25.

MI5, established in 1909 to counter German espionage ahead of World War One, is tasked with protecting British national security and so takes the lead, along with the police, in countering militant attacks.

Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin, he said, had sought to regain the clout it lost after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 by carrying out "aggressive and pernicious actions" with its military and intelligence services.

Vladimir Putin's regime has been the subject of global condemnation since the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal in March, which saw the first use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.

The chief protagonist among such "hostile actors" was the Russian Government, insisted Mr Parker, noting: "Instead of becoming a respected, great nation, it risks becoming a more isolated pariah".

He did not single out specific sources but the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom has repeatedly issued statements and tweets disputing Britain's allegations about the attack.

Russia, he said, had sought to deploy an unprecedented level of disinformation following the attack.

Addressing the campaign of disinformation that followed the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Mr Parker will say there is a need to shine a light through the fog of lies, half-truths and obfuscation that pours out of their propaganda machine.

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