Russia poses an active threat, warns the head of espionage of the United Kingdom

<pre><pre>Russia poses an active threat, warns the head of espionage of the United Kingdom

In a speech in Washington, Jeremy Fleming (pictured) called on the international community to reject the Kremlin's brazen determination to undermine international rule-based order & # 39;

The head of the GCHQ has said that the agency will use the "full range of tools" against the Kremlin after two Russian intelligence officers were accused of carrying out the attack of the Salisbury nerve agent.

In a speech in Washington, Jeremy Fleming called on the international community to reject Moscow's "shameless determination to undermine order based on international norms."

On Wednesday, two Russian citizens, who are said to be members of Russia's GRU military intelligence service, were identified as suspects by police investigating the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in March.

Fleming said the intelligence community had supported the police in a "thorough" and "highly complex" investigation into what happened.

He said: "We have made sure exactly who was responsible and the methods they used.

"As expected, teams across the GCHQ have worked tirelessly with partners at home and abroad to ensure that our top-notch intelligence has reported that research.

"Yesterday, two GRU operatives were named and arrest warrants were issued, the Russian threat is real, it is active.

& # 39; And will be countered by a strong international allies association. Able to deploy the full range of tools throughout our national security apparatus. And ready to reject the Kremlin's brazen determination to undermine the international order based on the rules. "

It is the last reproach sent to Moscow by a chief of British espionage since the Salisbury attack.

In May, Andrew Parker, the Director General of MI5, described the Russian government as the "main protagonist" among the "hostile actors".

Alexander Petrov (left image) and Ruslan Boshirov (right image) are wanted by the British authorities after the chemical attack in March of this year

Alexander Petrov (left image) and Ruslan Boshirov (right image) are wanted by the British authorities after the chemical attack in March of this year

Alexander Petrov (left image) and Ruslan Boshirov (right image) are wanted by the British authorities after the chemical attack in March of this year

In other words, Mr. Fleming, Director of GCHQ, said encryption "allows us all to live safer online lives."

But he cautioned: "Its ubiquity provides anonymity to terrorists, pedophiles and gangs of cybercrime that law enforcement and intelligence agencies are trying to stop." And it's getting worse. "

Needless to say, there has to be close cooperation with technology companies, he said.

"We are confident that there are solutions," Mr. Fleming continued. & # 39; And where they do it, proportionality, as in everything else we do, is key.

"They must be limited in scope and scalability, backed by modern legislation and with strict supervision to maintain public confidence."

He also said that the signal intelligence association between the United Kingdom and the United States was "one of the jewels in the crown of the special relationship."

Moscow has repeatedly denied participation in the poisoning.

Fleming said GCHQ (in the photo) would use the "full range of tools" against Russia's spy agency after two intelligence officers were accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack.

Fleming said GCHQ (in the photo) would use the "full range of tools" against Russia's spy agency after two intelligence officers were accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack.

Fleming said GCHQ (in the photo) would use the "full range of tools" against Russia's spy agency after two intelligence officers were accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack.

Yesterday, Russia claimed that the United Kingdom had been "a liar" and was trying to unleash a "disgusting anti-Russian hysteria" during the talks at the United Nations.

Diplomat Vasily Nebenzya told the UN Security Council: "I'm not going to review the list of this cocktail of unfounded and untrue facts.

"London needs this story with only one purpose: to unleash a disgusting anti-Russian hysteria and to involve other countries in this hysteria."

Skripal and his daughter Yulia became seriously ill after being exposed to the military-grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March.

Detectives believe it is likely that the two suspects, who are believed to be around 40 years old, travel under alias and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.

Officials formally linked the attack to the Skripals with events in the vicinity of Amesbury when Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent.

Ms. Sturgess died in the hospital in July, just a week after the couple became ill.

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