Top members of Russia’s government see themselves as “at war” with the UK, according to a former British spy who compiled a dossier on Donald Trump ahead of his election as US president.
Christopher Steele claimed that “serious people” in Moscow considered themselves engaged in hostilities with Britain.
In an extensive interview with Sky News, the ex-MI6 agent also claimed that his wife had lost her job at the Foreign Office due to the fallout of Trump’s research, and that his sudden rise to fame was referred to as “nausea”. as described.
Speaking about what he said about Russia being a threat to Britain, Mr. Steele said: “They are zero-sum thinkers. They think that if something benefits us, it’s their price.” But if they get any benefit, it is at our expense.
“At the top of Russia are serious people who believe in themselves” [as] at war with us. “And the fact that our politicians neither want to recognize it nor deal with it is a big problem.”
The US, UK and EU are all at risk from the Kremlin maneuver, Mr Steele claimed.
Another key topic of the interview was a dossier of former spies compiled on Mr Trump and possible ties with Moscow ahead of the 2016 US presidential election. Mr Steele stuck to the document, saying he still believes it is mostly accurate.
The dossier made headlines after the election because of false claims of a “compromat” that Russian spies were believed to have captured Mr Trump.
Mr Steele said he found the attention he received after the author of the dossier came out as “nausea” and “just insane”. He said it also caused problems for his wife, whose career in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) ended after the news broke.
“I’m sure he didn’t like the fact that he married me, but I think it was more out of fear that Trump and his acolytes would follow us and claim all sorts of things that weren’t true, said Mr. Steele.
Her husband claimed that his wife took early retirement and never received a credible explanation for the evaporation of her career prospects.
Granthshala FCDO has been contacted for comments.
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