Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“The report of the Committee on the Activities of Intelligence and Security Services of the British Parliament and comments to it are the clearest example of Russophobia, unfounded accusations and crude anti-Russian propaganda. All, if I may say so, “arguments” and allegations of interference in the internal political processes of the United Kingdom are clearly presented in order to once again call Russia “a threat and a new challenge” from the parliamentary tribune and demand new means to fight our country.
They are trying to place Russia on a virtual “axis of evil”, accusing it of paranoid assessments. It is not we who suffer from paranoia, but the authors and compilers of myths about “aggressive Russia”.
It is obvious that the publication of such reports is another step towards the destruction of bilateral relations, which are already going through not the best period. We cannot agree with either the conclusions or the unsound claims of the British side.”