MI5 chief calls for close security cooperation with Europe after Brexit

The authorities inspecting Sergei Skripal’s home in Salisbury. The head of MI5 is expected to publicly denounce Russia today

Parker said that a March nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was a "deliberate and targeted malign activity" on British soil, and one of Moscow's "flagrant breaches of global rules".

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

The UK government and intelligence services were wrong-footed by the scale of a Russian Federation media campaign following the attack.

The head of the U.K.'s domestic intelligence agency will also emphasize the inter-dependence of Europe's security community in the face of multiple threats, and praise the multinational Counter-Terrorism Group, which is comprised up of 30 European agencies all sharing information in real time.

Beside the threat from the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Parker pointed to Russian Federation as a hostile state which was trying to carry out "aggressive and pernicious actions" with its military and intelligence services.

Parker is also expected to raise Salisbury spy poisoning saga there, where the United Kingdom has accused Russia of carrying out the attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

As one of Europe's leading intelligence powers, Britain is seeking a new security pact with the bloc to ensure its continued access to secrets from major European Union countries as it seeks to clinch a broader Brexit deal.

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He said: 'We must not risk the loss of mutual capability or weakening of collective effort across Europe.

"We owe that to all our citizens across Europe".

Parker said that Britain does not wish to exacerbate tension and to return to "dangerous times" that Europe experienced during the Cold war, but Russian Federation will answer for their actions.

Parker said the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury was swiftly followed by Russian attempts to divert blame.

Russia has denied any involvement in the attack and has challenged Britain to reveal evidence to back up its claim that the Russian state was behind it.

British Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 diplomats in the wake of the attack which has further soured relations between the Moscow and London.

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