FILE PHOTO: MI6 chief Alex Youthful speaks at MI6’s Vauxhall Cross headquarters in central London, on this nonetheless picture from video, Britain December 8, 2016. Crown Copyright/Handout by way of REUTERS /File Photograph
ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – The chief of Britain’s overseas intelligence service warned the Kremlin on Monday to not underestimate the West after a brazen nerve agent assault on a retired double agent in England stoked fears about Russian covert exercise overseas.
In his second main speech since being named in 2014 to go the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Alex Youthful stated Russia has a stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West.
“The Russian state used a military-grade chemical weapon on UK soil,” Youthful advised college students on the College of St Andrews in Scotland.
“Our intention is for the Russian state to conclude that, no matter the advantages it thinks it’s accruing from this exercise, they don’t seem to be definitely worth the danger,” he stated.
“I urge Russia or some other state intent on subverting our lifestyle to not underestimate our willpower and our capabilities, or these of our allies,” he stated. “We don’t search to destabilize Russia.”
Reporting by Man Faulconbridge; enhancing by Costas Pitas