GCHQ Warns Of Real Threat From Russia

Posted on September 7, 2018

Jeremy Fleming’s comments came after the US, France, Germany and Canada agreed with the UK that Russia was behind the Salisbury Novichok attack. In a speech in Washington, Mr Fleming said Russia’s desire to “undermine” international law was “brazen”. At a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the attack, Russia dismissed evidence presented by the UK as “lies”. Mr Fleming, the director of the government’s cyber intelligence agency, said GCHQ had supported police in a “painstaking” and “highly complex” investigation into what happened after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wiltshire on 4 March. The UK named two men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, believed to be from Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, as the main suspects. The Kremlin called the accusations “unacceptable”. But Mr Fleming said: “The threat from Russia is real. It’s active.” He added: “And it will be countered by a strong international partnership of allies. Able to deploy the full range of tools from across our national security apparatus.”

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