United Kingdom actively avoided probe into Russian threat, claims shock report

Четверг, 23 Июл, 2020

The UK government is looking at ways to tighten up security laws, including by introducing a new registry of foreign agents, in response to the UK Parliament's Russian Federation report.

We have seen no evidence of successful interference in the European Union referendum.

A security camera and flag adorn the entrance to the Russian Embassy in London.

The British government sees no need to look again at the Brexit referendum because it has no evidence that Russian Federation affected its outcome in any way.

Shadow Labour Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said: "It is extraordinary that the prime minister, Boris Johnson, took the political decision last October ahead of the general election to block the publication of this important report that systematically goes through the threat Russian Federation poses to the UK's national security".

Johnson helped lead the campaign for Britain to leave the EU.

Committee members said Russia's goal in seeking to influence elections was to amplify existing divisions, and thus destabilise Western political systems.

A highly-anticipated report by the U.K. Parliament into Russian interference in the country was released on Tuesday, claiming that Russian influence in the U.K.is the "new normal".

Labour party MP Nick Thomas-Symonds said the report showed the government "took a conscious decision not to look at all" at Russian interference. Russia's cyber capability is a matter of "grave concern", it added.

"Russian Federation is a top national security priority", he said.

Brokenshire replied: "I'm very clear on the need for independence by the ISC as I have responded to in previous questions".

"It's Russophobia in the style of fake news", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters.

"It offered ideal mechanisms by which illicit finance could be recycled through what has been referred to as the London "laundromat", the report said.

"The links of the Russian elite to the UK - especially where this involves business and investment - provide access to UK companies and political figures, and thereby a means for broad Russian influence in the UK", the report says.

Finally, Johnson named five Conservative lawmakers to the nine-person panel in hopes his handpicked candidate would be chosen as chairman and block the report.

"The report is called Russian Federation but if you will put any other country's name [at the front of the report] it would be the same because this report is not about Russian Federation - it is about the internal relationships of agencies within the United Kingdom". The National Crime Agency said in September that it found no evidence of criminal offences related to the donation.

The Kremlin said Russian Federation has never interfered in another country's electoral processes.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: "I unequivocally welcome the government's commitment to combatting exploitation of the property market and encourage them to ensure the register is as thorough and robust as possible". "And that situation strategically can not be sustained".

The recommendation was set out in the committee's long-awaited report about alleged Russian meddling in British politics.

"This perception will have been reinforced by the UK's firm stance recently in response to Russian aggression: following the UK-led global response to the Salisbury attack - which saw an unprecedented 153 Russian intelligence officers and diplomats expelled from 29 countries and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - it appears to the Committee that Putin considers the United Kingdom to be a key diplomatic adversary".