The head of the British Foreign Intelligence Service, Richard Moore, called Russia вЂњobjectively weakeningвЂќ in economic and demographic terms, but at the same time representing one of the most pressing problems.
вЂњRussia is an objectively weakening power in economic and demographic terms. She is going through an extremely difficult period,вЂќ Moore said in an interview with the Sunday Times.
At the same time, the head of intelligence noted that Russia is one of the most pressing problems for him. In particular, Britain was concerned about many Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and the likelihood of anвЂќ invasionвЂќ. According to Moore, Britain and the United States warned the Russian authorities about the вЂњserious consequencesвЂќ of the invasion of Ukraine.
According to Moore, Russia's behavior in the Czech Republic makes us draw parallels with the situation in relations between Russia and Ukraine. вЂњWhen you get such a model of reckless behavior, and then you look at what is happening around Ukraine-of course, this worries us,вЂќ he said. вЂњThis is why we are coordinating so closely with our allies to make sure that we are sending clear signals to President Putin, вЂњthe intelligence chief added, without specifying whatвЂќ signals вЂњ he was referring to.
Earlier, Prague accused the Russian special services of involvement in the explosion at the ammunition depot in Vrbetice in 2014. The Czech Republic has expelled 18 employees of the Russian embassy from the country. In response, Moscow declared 20 employees of the Czech diplomatic mission persona non grata, saying that the accusations of the explosion are absurd, unfounded, and far-fetched. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Prague, as a Russian response to unfriendly actions, received something that it did not dream of even in a terrible dream.