The Staggers 10 March 2015 Philip Hammond: Russia could be the "single greatest threat" to UK security The Foreign Secretary warns about the threat Russia poses to Britain's security, seeing relations going from prickly to poor. Violence escalates in Kiev. Photo: Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that Russia could pose the "single greatest threat" to the UK's national security. In a speech this morning, he ramped up the rhetoric regarding the Russian President Vladimir Putin, having recently described the UK and Russia rather mildly as having a "prickly relationship". Hammond today suggested that the UK government could publicise information about the money stored in secret bank accounts in the West by Putin's wealthy Russian allies as a way of putting further pressure on the President to stop his aggression in Ukraine. The Guardian reports that, when asked if there is a case for making such information public, he replied: There might be. When we talk about having further steps that we can take in increasing the pressure on Russia, one of the headings that we regularly review is strategic communication, how can we send a message to the Russian people, and that Russia is seeking to influence outside Russia, about what’s really going on. And it’s a very intertesting thought. I will certainly make sure that the strat-comms people are thinking precisely about that. Now read this week's cover story by Elizabeth Pond: 'Russia vs the west: the consequences of Putin's invasion of Ukraine' › Critical Distance: This Week in Videogame Blogging #9 Anoosh Chakelian is the New Statesman’s Britain editor. She co-hosts the New Statesman podcast, discussing the latest in UK politics. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!