Mark Sedwill, the national security adviser of the U.K. said that Russia poses threat and may use propaganda, cyber attacks, and subversion to undermine the U.K. and rest of the Europe on December 18. He told a parliamentary committee that Russians are making efforts to “sow dissension” and erode democracy in the U.K. and other western nations.
He highlighted that Russia could pose threats from unconventional warfare such as disinformation campaigns to the rise in its military capability in the Eastern Europe and North Atlantic.
“We know that the Russian threat is definitely intensifying and diversifying,” Sedwill said. “The Russian attitude has worsened more generally towards the West and that seems set to continue.”
In November, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of interfering in elections and spreading fake stories through the media.
Last week, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the head of Britain’s armed forces said Russian attack may damage trade and the internet by attacking underwater communications cables. This would result in disruption of trillions of dollars in financial transactions.
The national security adviser aspersed Russia of placing fake stories in the media about the demeanor of soldiers in the Eastern Europe. NATO troops have been deployed and fake stories were planted to undermine their legitimacy.
Moreover, he accused Russia of interfering in the French elections. He added that there was no chance of changing the outcome of the vote.
“It clearly was designed to undermine the citizen’s trust in their systems and we see quite a lot elsewhere,” he said.