Head of MI6 makes speech to journalists…
The head of MI6 has said that the UK will be in continued danger due to Russian actions in Syria which could have a tragic outcome for Britain and put security at risk.
Alex Younger, spoke for the first time inside the London headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service and spoke critically of what Moscow is trying to achieve in the Middle East.
“Russia seeks to make a desert and call it peace,” he said of the country’s bombing of Aleppo. “The human tragedy is heart-breaking.”
“I believe the Russian conduct in Syria, allied with that of Assad’s discredited regime, will, if they do not change course, provide a tragic example of the perils of forfeiting legitimacy.”
“In defining as a terrorist anyone who opposes a brutal government, they alienate precisely that group that has to be on side if the extremists are to be defeated.”
Younger, also known as “C” in the organisation gave the speech to a group of journalists who were invited to the headquarters.
He believes Russia is making the situation worse, not better.
He said: “The facts on the ground are staggeringly complex. The plight of Syrians continues to worsen. I cannot say with any certainty what the next year will bring.
“But what I do know is this: we cannot be safe from the threats that emanate from that land unless the civil war is brought to an end.”