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Russian Federation could become 'outlaw' due to Skripal case, - MI5 chief

Russian Federation could become 'outlaw' due to Skripal case, - MI5 chief

In the first public speech outside the United Kingdom by a serving head of MI5, Andrew Parker will tell an event in Berlin hosted by Germany's BfV domestic intelligence service that Islamic State militants are plotting "devastating and more complex attacks".

Parker will also warn about Russian attacks, and will tell the conference that a March nerve agent attack on Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal, which also injured a police officer, was a "deliberate and targeted malign activity" on British soil.

Mr Parker will, however, praise the worldwide response to the incident in his speech at today's event, hosted by Germany's BfV domestic intelligence service.

Twelve terrorist attacks were thwarted in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months, but the victory over Islamist terrorists requires further global attention, the head of the UK Security Service (MI5), Andrew Parker, said at a security conference in Berlin.

Following considerable work behind the scenes by MI5 and its sister agency MI6, 28 European countries agreed to support the United Kingdom by expelling diplomats in solidarity.

Andrew Parker, the head of United Kingdom spy agency the MI5, has warned of the threats facing Europe from Islamic State and Russian Federation.

Today's updated total of 12 brings the total number of disrupted attacks in the United Kingdom to 25 since 2013.

Pointing to 45 attacks across Europe since 2016, Mr Parker will warn of an "intense and unrelenting worldwide terrorist threat".

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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".

Mr Parker's comments come ahead of the first anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22.

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

Parker, in the first public speech by an MI5 head delivered overseas, said that Britain wanted "a cordial relationship" with the Russian government but it needed to live up to its global obligations.

The timing of Parker's speech, showing the U.K.as a leading security actor, is helpful for Prime Minister Theresa May as she enters one of her most hard weeks yet in balancing negotiations over Britain's future relationship with Europe against a fractious cabinet.

He will be speaking to the Counter Terrorism Group, which comprises intelligence chiefs from 30 European domestic security services.

Agencies from both powers are operating under the assumption that intelligence sharing will continue in much the same way, but new legislation may be needed to facilitate this, and should be agreed as soon as possible to ensure that preventing terrorism is still possible. He warned that it was intensifying and diversifying.