London: Britain has listed Russia as one of its top-tier potential security threats alongside global terrorism and the Ebola virus. UK’s security services published a draft of a new list of what they deem as possible threats to the country, the Express reported on Sunday.
Russia’s alleged aggression in Ukraine, the country’s vast military budget and President Vladimir Putin’s “willingness to display force” are all causes of concern.
“The last five years have seen a range of international developments, ranging from the growth of radicalization and fundamentalism to growing concerns around our energy supply, and rising aggression from Russia,” said the report.
The list also refers to China as a “threat” citing concerns over “authoritarianism and persistent human rights abuses on the part of the Chinese Government.”
The potentially devastating effects of global health issues such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa were also included in the list.
The report will be officially released by British Prime Minister David Cameron on November 23 and after a security review will become part of the government’s next national security strategy.