‘Naive’ to believe only men can be Russian agents, Priti Patel tells Tory conference | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

Priti Patel has defended the Home Office’s checks on Ukrainian refugees saying it is “naive” to believe that only men can pose a threat to the UK’s security as she warns of heightened threat of chemical, biological and cyber attacks from Russia.

“I’ve been asked why couldn’t we suspend security checks on people escaping Putin’s war?” she said.

“Times of conflict, my friends, emphasises our need to remain watchful. I know from the briefings I receive from the intelligence and security services that instability around the world brings with it greater threats.”

“Only four years ago, the Russian military intelligence services used a chemical weapon on British soil – it happened in Salisbury, whose inhabitants would have felt completely safe.”

She added: “The truth is that a very small number of people can wreak utter havoc and Russia has a history of covert, hostile activity.”

“And I’m afraid it is naive and misguided to think that only men can be covert operatives or that refugee flows would not be subject to some form of exploitation.”

“There are those who would come to our country, to this country, who would mean us harm and plot to strike at our very way of life.”

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