Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury (Picture: PA).
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MI5 Chief: Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack Was 'Deliberate And Targeted'

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury (Picture: PA).

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury (Picture: PA)

The Head of MI5 has said the Salisbury nerve agent was "deliberate and targeted" as he criticises Russia's "aggressive actions".

Andrew Parker, Head of MI5, has given a speech to security officials in Berlin regarding the danger from Moscow in the wake of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

The attack was on Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Mr Skripal is no longer in a critical condition, while Mrs Skripal has been discharged from hospital. 

The UK blamed Russia, something which they strongly denied. An investigation remains ongoing. 

Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Giving the first public speech outside the UK by a serving head of MI5, Mr Parker accused the Kremlin of "flagrant breaches of international rules". 

Mr Parker condemned the supposed disinformation following the attack, calling for the need to "shine a light through the fog of lies, half-truths and obfuscation that pours out of their propaganda machine". 

He also warned that the Russian government is pushing an agenda through "aggressive and pernicious" actions by its military and intelligence services. 

 

Andrew Parker
Andrew Parker

Mr Parker praised the international response to the attack in Salisbury, in which 28 European countries agreed to support the UK in expelling a number of Russian diplomats. 

He also warned Daesh in his speech that he still aspires to direct "devastating" and "more complex" attacks, in the wake of 45 attacks across Europe since 2016.

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