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Kremlin Rejects British Spy Chief's Allegation Of 'Increasingly Aggressive' Russia


MI5 Director-General Andrew Parker
MI5 Director-General Andrew Parker

The Kremlin has dismissed allegations by the head of Britain's MI5 intelligence agency that Russia is mounting cyberattacks and other aggressive measures that pose a growing threat to Europe.

Speaking on November 1, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the allegations raised by MI5 chief Andrew Parker "do not correspond to reality."

Peskov said that "until someone produces proof, we will consider those statements unfounded and groundless."

Parker told Britain’s Guardian newspaper on October 31 that Russia "is using its whole range of state organs and powers to push its foreign policy abroad in increasingly aggressive ways" -- involving propaganda, espionage, subversion, and cyberattacks.

He said Russia "increasingly seems to define itself by opposition to the West and seems to act accordingly."

He said evidence could be seen "on the ground with Russia's activities in Ukraine and Syria."

But he said Russia also is conducting "high-volume activity out of sight with the cyberthreat."

Based on reporting by The Guardian, AFP, and TASS

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