UK Authorities to Introduce Law to Protect Against "Hostile States"
According to the publication, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the Queen's speech on May 11 to announce a bill to counter hostile states. This bill will require all persons working on behalf of foreign governments in the UK to register their presence. Failure to comply with this requirement will be criminally punishable.
The government will also update the state secrets law so that it can be used against individuals who try to undermine the interests of the UK from abroad, including cyber hackers working on behalf of hostile states.
It is noted that Johnson is determined to continue these measures against the background of growing concerns about the activities of Russia and China.
Last week, Russian Ambassador to Great Britain Andrei Kelin was summoned to the British Foreign Office, where he was expressed concern about Moscow's "malicious actions".
Such Russian actions included cyberattacks, interference in elections, and a military buildup on the border with Ukraine and in Crimea.