How should the United Kingdom respond to Russian interference threats?

How should the United Kingdom respond to Russian interference threats?

We, therefore, question whether the Government took its eye off the ball because of its focus on counter-terrorism: "it was the opinion of the Committee that until recently the Government had badly underestimated the response required to the Russian threat - and is still playing catch up".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said that his country did not vote in favor of Brexit due to pressure from Russian Federation in the wake of allegations that the United Kingdom failed to investigate interference from Moscow during the 2016 vote. "While the mechanics of our paper-based voting system are largely sound, we can not be complacent about a hostile state taking deliberate action with the aim of influencing our democratic processes", the press release warned.

The ISC said the Government was slow to recognise the potential threat posed by Russian Federation to British democratic processes and did not properly consider whether Moscow could interfere in the Brexit referendum until after the event.

The ISC's investigation began in 2017 after claims about Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.

The Trump administration has faced criticism from Democrats and some Republicans over its response to Russia's election interference.

No. 10 said the government was "fully aware of the significant and enduring threat" Russian Federation posed.

The new law under consideration could mirror the new "Espionage Act" suggested by the committee, which would make it explicitly illegal to be a spy in the UK, BBC political correspondent Chris Mason reported.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said ministers were aware of the need to update the law to give greater powers to the security and intelligence agencies 18 months ago but had failed to act.

And Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has "no objection" to an inquiry being launched into Russian interference in the Scottish independence referendum.

"We are unafraid to act wherever necessary to protect the United Kingdom and our allies from any state threat".

Relations between London and Moscow hit a post-Cold War low in 2018 when Britain blamed Moscow for trying to kill former double agent Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-developed nerve agent on British soil.

But it may prove hard for Johnson to avoid a further inquiry because the committee's recommendation is non-partisan and has the weight of Parliament behind it, according to Nigel Gould-Davies, senior fellow for Russian Federation and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The ISC said Britain has been too slow to recognise the potential threat posed by Russian Federation and warned that London was being used as a "laundromat" for dirty money. "They put Tory party politics above national security, Steele alleges". "And there must now be one, and the public must be told the results of that assessment", intelligence and security committee member Kevan Jones said.

"We don't do that ourselves and we don't tolerate when other countries try to interfere with our political affairs", Peskov said.

"No matter how politically awkward or potentially embarrassing, there should have been an assessment. and there must now be one, and the public must be told the results". "This is what happens - subversion, disinformation, interference in elections".

The report, which was due to be published before the 2019 general election but faced months of delays, said there is "credible open source commentary" suggesting Russian Federation used influence campaigns during the independence referendum campaign in 2014. During Prime Minister questions, he said: "What you have here is the rage and fury of the Remainer elite finding there is nothing in this report, in fact, no smoking gun whatever after all that froth and fury and suddenly all those who want to remain in the European Union find that they have no argument to stand".

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