The director of the United Kingdom’s Security Service (MI5), Andrew Parker, plans to threaten Russia with isolation by the international community on Monday, Bloomberg has revealed.
According to Bloomberg, which has gained advanced access to the text of Parker’s upcoming speech, the director of Britain’s internal security, information, and anti-espionage service intends to urge his European colleagues on Monday to condemn Moscow for poisoning the Skripals and proliferating fake news.
In Parker’s words, the incident with ex-agent Sergei Skripal’s was a “premeditated and planned act” by the Kremlin. Such actions, according to the speech, threaten to make Russia “an even more isolated pariah” in the international community.
In this regard, Parker plans to condemn Russian authorities for “gross violation” of international law, adding that the level of “Russian disinformation” surrounding the Skripal case is “unprecedented.” For this reason, according to him, it is necessary to “deal with Russia.”
In March, former turncoat spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on the bench of a mall in the southern British Cathedral city of Salisbury.
The United Kingdom immediately accused Moscow of orchestrating an attack against the Skripals. According to the British authorities, the Skripals were poisoned with nerve agent A234. Shortly after the incident, London announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats. Since then, more than 25 countries have expelled Russian diplomats in “solidarity” with London.
Moscow has denied any involvement in the alleged poisoning, and has pointed to the complete lack of evidence provided by London to substantiate its allegations. Russia has also proposed research assistance, but Moscow’s request for samples of the chemical used to poison Skripal were rejected by London.
The United Kingdom has yet to provide any evidence that Russia is responsible for the attack. Yulia Skripal has since recovered and been discharged from the hospital. Parker’s planned speech is thus the latest in a string of unsubstantiated allegations and bellicose rhetoric aimed at undermining Russia’s reputation and relationship with Europe.