Sir Jeremy Fleming, head of GCHQ, said Russian leader Vladimir Putin had underestimated the magnitude of the international response to his decision to invade Ukraine.
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Vladimir Putin’s advisers were “afraid to tell him the truth about the progress” of his Ukraine invasion, the GCHQ boss said.
But Sir Jeremy Fleming added that the extent of the Russian leader’s “mistakes” must be “obvious to the regime”.
In a rare public address during a visit to Australia, the head of Britain’s spy agency GCHQ said Mr Putin had “massively misjudged the situation”.
And he warned China not to become “too closely aligned” with the Kremlin.
“Clearly Putin misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people,” he said.
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“He underestimated the power of the alliance his actions would incite.
“He over-exploited the economic consequences of the sanctions regime. He over-estimated his military’s ability to guarantee a quick victory.
“We have seen Russian soldiers – lacking in weapons and morale – refuse to carry out orders, sabotage their own equipment and even accidentally shoot down their own plane.
“And while we believe that Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, what is going on and the extent of these misjudgments must be made clear by the regime.”
He added: “It became his personal fight, at the cost of innocent people in Ukraine and more and more ordinary Russians to pay the price.”
Speaking at the Australian National University in Canberra, Sir Jeremy said Western allies were making public “deeply secret intelligence” to prepare for President Putin’s information wars, while also addressing potential conflicts. network threats.
As for China, he said the country’s long-term interests are not well served by an alliance with a leader that “willfully and illegally” ignores international “rules of the road”.
His intervention comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week confronted President Xi Jinping directly over Beijing’s stance on the conflict in Ukraine in a discussion described as “frank and outspoken”. on duty”.
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Liz Truss will urge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to work with other democracies to counter Mr. Putin’s aggression in Ukraine amid reluctance to condemn actions by ally Russia. dates back to the Cold War era.
India, which relies heavily on Moscow for arms imports, abstained in a series of votes at the United Nations on the issue.
At home, the Prime Minister defended how quickly visas were granted to Ukrainians fleeing the conflict, as he was warned of the risk of asylum schemes becoming “Tinders for traffickers”. sell sex”.
Mr Johnson said it was important to conduct a “both-way check” before Ukrainian refugees can arrive in the UK – both to make sure those in need are what they say they are, and what they say they are. The person offering help is also suitable to do that.
Appearing before the Commons Liaison Committee, Mr Johnson said there had been cases of “people coming from that war zone who may not be quite what they say they are” after it was revealed that only 2,700 visas had been granted granted to those who want. came to the UK under the Home for Ukraine scheme, although applications reached 28,300.
The UN refugee agency says 4 million people have now fled Ukraine since Russia launched the war on February 24.
Mr Johnson said: “What I want is a system that is as light-touch as possible and allows people to come here, but will also allow us to check in.
“We’re outside of the Schengen system, we have the advantage of being able to clarify the status of people, (that) they’re honest people – that’s not a bad thing if you want a program that really works.” move and build confidence.”
Dame Diana Johnson, Labor Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, told Mr Johnson that some anti-slavery and refugee groups had warned that the umbrella organization House for Ukraine “risked acting like Tinder for Ukraine”. sex traffickers”.
“I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s important to be as light-touch as possible, but let DBS check and test both ways to make sure we have a real show,” he said. work.”
Defending the pace of progress in refugee resettlement, the Prime Minister added: “These numbers are rising.”
New laws were also announced on Wednesday to ban the maintenance of planes or ships by sanctioned Russian oligarchs or their businesses.
The State Department said the new powers, introduced in Congress through a statutory instrument, were immediately used to punish Russian businessmen Eugene Shvidler and Oleg Tinkov.
Meanwhile, financial, trade and shipping sanctions imposed in relation to Crimea have been extended to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
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