Russia is now calling on people in Britain to spy for Putin in a furious clapback to the MI6 chief.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova urged UK nationals and others from the Nato ‘axis of evil’ to pass secrets to their intelligence agency.
Sir Richard Moore enraged Moscow last month when he said those disaffected by Putin’s invasion can help his British spies end the bloodshed.
He also revealed ‘many’ Russian citizens had already taken this treasonous step over the last 18 months.
Speaking out two weeks later, Putin’s mouthpiece called it a ‘Russophobic’ attack and likened it to Nazi propaganda.
‘Completely forgetting the concept of the gentleman’s code, Moore called on our citizens to betray the Motherland and cooperate with British intelligence,’ Zakharova said.
‘I believe that it is necessary to respond in a mirror manner.
‘Such appeals should be addressed to British subjects and citizens of other countries of the Nato axis of evil, inviting them to cooperate with Russian intelligence.’
She added: ‘I think it’s a good idea to offer UK nationals, most of whom are now in extremely straitened circumstances, a chance to cooperate with the Russian secret services.
‘Why not, what’s the big deal? Because London thinks it’s normal. I don’t see why we should deny ourselves that, so let’s wait and see.’
The MI6 chief’s rare intervention followed the US foreign intelligence service posting a recruitment video on Telegram, which explained how Russians can contact them.
In his Prague speech, Sir Richard said: ‘There are many Russians who are silently appalled by the sight of their armed forces pulverising Ukrainian cities, expelling innocent families from their homes and kidnapping thousands of children.
‘They are watching in horror as their soldiers ravage a kindred country.
‘They know in their hearts that Putin’s case for attacking a fellow Slavic nation is fraudulent, a miasma of lies and fantasy.’
He stressed ‘many Russians are wrestling with the same dilemmas and the same tugs of conscience’ as their predecessors did in 1968, when the Soviet tanks crushed the Prague spring uprisings.
‘I invite them to do what others have already done this past 18 months and join hands with us. Our door is always open,’ the veteran spy added.
‘We will handle their offers of help with the discretion and professionalism for which my service is famed.
‘Their secrets will always be safe with us. And together we will work to bring the bloodshed to an end.’
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