German secret services view Russia as a threat to European security

LUKAS BARTH

Bruno Kahl (L), the president of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND, Bundesnachrichtendienst) speaks to Gerda Hasselfeldt (R), chairwoman of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party parliamentary group, during the annual Christian Social Union (CSU) Epiphany meeting at Kloster Seeon, in Seeon, Germany, 05 January 2017. The closed door meeting of the CSU state parliamentary group will be held in the educational institution of former Benedictine monastery Seeon Abbey from 04 to 06 January 2017.

German secret services view Russia as a threat to European security


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The head of Germany’s Intelligence Agency (BND), Bruno Kahl, warned on Wednesday that Russia is a “potential danger” rather than a partner in building European security, Reuters reports.

Addressing the Independent Commission of Historians at the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Munich, Kahl warned that the Russian military has demonstrated a higher degree of readiness than expected. He concludes that Russia will have modernized 70% of its armed forces by 2020, an estimate based on the Zapad military exercise last summer.

NATO and Germany cannot ignore this trend, he argued, stating that “peace in Europe is no longer a guaranteed fact.”

Over the last year, it has been suggested Russia actively sought to play a role in the UK referendum on EU membership, the Catalan independence referendum, the French and the US Presidential elections. Moscow has consistently denied any involvement.

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