British intelligence warned that Russia, China and Iran constitute the greatest threats to its security

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The team took aim at all three regimes, claiming to have recorded attacks by them against their citizens in the past year

British intelligence warned that Russia, China and Iran constitute the biggest threats to your security

Ken McCallum, director general of Britain's internal intelligence service MI5 (AP)

The head of Britain's intelligence servicewarned this Wednesday that the country faces serious threats to its security from Russia, China and Iran that, to carry out their attacks, they resort to coercion, intimidation and even violence.

“The UK must be prepared for Russian aggression in the coming years,” said Ken McCallum, director general of MI5about Moscow-orchestrated attacks on its soil. “Some of these will be covert attacks, which MI5 will need to detect and combat. But many of them will be overt,” he added.

However, in the midst of a convulsed scenario in Russia, the head of the internal security service said that Vladimir Putin's intelligence capacity suffered a “significant strategic blow” on this ground since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, which meant the expulsion of 400 spies working under diplomatic cover in Russian missions in Europe -of which 23 were in the United Kingdom-.

Intelligence The British warned that Russia, China and Iran constitute the greatest threats to its security

The Kremlin suffered a “significant strategic blow” since the start of the invasion of Ukraine following the expulsion of 400 spies working under diplomatic cover in Russian missions in Europe (Getty Images)

To the dangers it poses the Kremlin, the head of the British internal secret services added the growing imposition of Chinese aggressions. The Xi Jinping regime “tries to rewrite the rules, buy the competition and hire our coaches to work for them,” he continued. Weeks ago, governments around the world began to discover Chinese police stations that operate without the authorization of local officials and whose objectives are to persecute and intimidate citizens. One of them was even detected in Ireland.

To describe the Russian and Chinese threats, McCallum used a football analogy, explaining that these regimes “don't mind elbowing you in their faces and routinely cheat to get their way.”

British intelligence warned that Russia, China and Iran are the biggest threats to its security

Xi Jinping's regime “tries to rewrite the rules , buy the competition and hire our coaches to work for them,” warned McCallum (REUTERS)

Iran It is the third country identified by the agency as a danger to national security. Thus, he mentioned that Tehran's “aggressive intelligence services” pose a “direct threat to the UK” since, so far this year, local officials have discovered “at least 10 potential threats” to “kidnap or even murder British or British-based individuals considered enemies of the regime”.

He also added that Persian spy services “are prepared to launch irresponsible actions” against opponents, either on Western soil or by luring people back to Iran.

In this context, last week, the British government summoned the highest-ranking Iranian diplomat in London in order to talk with him and demand a response to the allegations, which involve threats against journalists< /b> who work in the country.

British intelligence alerted that Russia, China and Iran constitute the biggest threats to its security

Iran is the third country designated as a national security threat, with “at least 10 potential threats” to “kidnap or even assassinate British or British-based individuals considered enemies of the regime”

As reported by the Farsi-language satellite news signal, Iran International – based in Britain – police warned two of its journalists of an “imminent, credible and significant risk to their lives and those of their families.”

In this scenario, McCallum stressed that not only should be considered the threats that terrorist groups constitute in themselves, but also , also, the risk implied by a probable assistance from the three countries in order to “amplify their strengths”.

However, by way of closing, in his speech the head of MI5 said that British spies continue to face “the tools of espionage”, which include in assassination attempts, “cyberattacks, disinformation, espionage” and interference with democracy.

(With information from AP and EFE)

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