The UK government has changed its policy towards Russian intelligence officers operating in the country, Sunday Times reports with reference to senior British intelligence informants, Joinfo.ua reports.
According to the news agency, Prime Minister David Cameron ordered MI5 counterintelligence service to intensify the fight against "Putin's spies." The authors at Sunday Times write that the secret service had already received the order "to step up surveillance against Kremlin-backed agents on the streets of London."
Now MI5, MI6, and the Center for government communications are recruiting Russian-speaking employees, since "security chiefs warn that a new Cold War is under way." According to the advert, new employees must be able to "listen to Russian-language telephone calls" to combat "potential threats to national security, including terrorism and espionage".
According to the authors of the material, the activation of surveillance of Russian spies is connected to the increasing concerns among the leaders of British intelligence due to the fact that the fight against Islamism left Britain unprotected in the face of "the Kremlin's agents." There are some data that today in London there are more than 40 Russian intelligence officers, Sunday Times concludes.