Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Defence secretary warns Russian Federation is ready to attack UK's energy infrastructure

Defence secretary warns Russian Federation is ready to attack UK's energy infrastructure

Last night the Russian Defence Ministry hit back at the South Staffordshire MP and said he had "lost his grasp on reason".

Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov on Friday ridiculed Williamson's statement, saying it was worthy of British comedy group Monty Python.

He took a swipe at Williamson's remark by noting that all information concerning the location of British power plants or pipelines was "as secret as the location of Westminster Abbey or the Big Ben".

The comments came in response to a warning by Mr Williamson that Russian Federation could cause many thousands of deaths by launching an attack against the country's infrastructure and energy supply.

And Ciaran Martin, the UK's cyber-security chief, said it was a matter of "when, not if" Britain faced a major hacking attack in a bid to cause disruption to elections, in the wake of similar claims in the U.S. presidential vote in 2016.

The Defence Secretary said Russian Federation had been looking at the UK's critical infrastructure such as power stations and interconnectors that allow the transfer of electricity across borders.

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"This is the real threat that I believe the country is facing at the moment". It is believed up to eight million homes will be reliant on the global connections in the next few years.

'Why would they keep photographing and looking at power stations, why are they looking at the interconnectors that bring so much electricity and so much energy into our country?' he told the Telegraph in an interview.

"Damage its economy, rip its infrastructure apart, actually cause thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths, but actually have an element of creating total chaos within the country".

Earlier this week the chief of the National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, said Russian Federation had already staged attacks against Britain's media, telecommunications and energy sectors over the past year, the BBC reported.

Mr Williamson gave his warning at the start of a new five-month-long defence review in which the Ministry of Defence is attempting to secure more money to stave off cuts to the Armed Forces.

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