UK's MI6 Chief to Urge Russia 'Not to Underestimate Our Determination'
05 December, 2018, 15:44
This is only the second speech that Younger has given in his four years of as the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, who is planning to single out Russian Federation for its "malign behaviour", as well as saying that any other "state intent on subverting our way of life [should] not. underestimate our determination and our capabilities, or those of our allies".
In order to keep Great Britain safe from rogue regimes intent on "perpetual confrontation" with the United Kingdom, M16 Chief Alex Younger is calling for a new era of spying, The Telegraph has reported.
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The speech, to students at his old university of St Andrews in Scotland, is only the second in public in the four years since Younger has been "C".
Younger said he was focused on making sure Russian Federation paid a price for any attacks on Britain high enough to ward them off in the future.
"Our intention is for the Russian state to conclude that, whatever the benefits it thinks it is accruing from this activity, they are not worth the risk", said Younger.
He explained: "We exposed the perpetrators and coordinated the largest ever collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and partner states, significantly degrading Russian intelligence capability".
Speaking at St Andrews University, where he once studied, Younger, 55, will say that Britain's spies have thwarted multiple Islamic State plots originating overseas. That's in direct contrast, they say, with the disinformation spread by Russian Federation and its operatives flouting global law.
And he will talk of the need for "fourth-generation espionage", fusing human skills with technical innovation.
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MI6 continues to work with partner agencies to strengthen "indispensable security ties" in Europe, he said, adding that Britain had helped France and Germany prevent terrorist attacks.
"I urge Russian Federation or any other state intent on subverting our way of life not to underestimate our determination and our capabilities, or those of our allies", he added.
And in a direct appeal to students, Mr Younger highlighted the need for diversity in MI6, saying: "I want to speak to young people who have never seen themselves in MI6".
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