Ex-MI5 boss Lord Evans warns Vladimir Putin could strike Britain at any moment in a repeat of the Salisbury Novichok hit

VLADIMIR Putin could strike Britain again at any moment in a repeat of the Salisbury nerve agent outrage, a powerful former spook has warned.

In a chilling warning, ex-MI5 boss Lord Evans said he was “quite sure” incidents like the Skripal poisoning in March “could happen again” – pointing out that the Kremlin repeated its attack after killing Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.

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Ex-MI5 boss Lord Evans warned Vladimir Putin could strike Britain at any moment in a repeat of the Salisbury Novichok hit[/caption]

Asked by the Today programme if he fears another attempted murder by a foreign state on the streets of Britain, he said: “It has happened before.

“When I joined the service in 1980 it was in the aftermath of the killing of Georgi Markov, the Bulgarian dissident.

“There is a pattern of activity on the part in particularly of the Russian service for killing dissidents overseas.

“I am quite sure it could happen again – it happened with Litv, we need to call it out, we need to follow it up and we need to make clear that this is not acceptable and to do so as part of an international community.”

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Britain’s former security boss said: ‘There is a pattern of activity on the part in particularly of the Russian service for killing dissidents overseas’[/caption]

His warning comes after a poll found a third of Russians believe the British secret service was behind the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal.

Only three per cent of Russians believe the Moscow agents were to blame.

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