"Moscow began a propaganda campaign to spread fake news to discredit British soldiers arrived in Estonia this weekend," writes Estonian newspaper reporter on defence mark Hukam, citing the country's intelligence agencies, has registered several obvious attempts to spread online propaganda materials of a similar nature.
Estonia is a former Soviet base Tapa 90 km from the border with Russia will be placed 800 British soldiers from 5th battalion The Rifles and Royal hussars, equipped with the Warrior IFV, Challenger 2 tanks, AS90 self-propelled howitzers and unmanned reconnaissance aircraft.
However, military officials fear other threats, and has ordered his subordinates to cooperate with experts in cyber security, to identify and refute the fake news.
But that's not all: the Sunday Times reports that intelligence officers had warned the military about what they have to fear sexual "bases" in drinking establishments or "Russian provocateurs", which can involve a British soldier in the fight, and then upload the captured video to the Internet.
Presumably, according to the newspaper, the publicity campaign of Moscow began in November 2016, when a woman put on Facebook a post about that in the waiting room of one of the Estonian hospitals scandal: a group of British military allegedly refused to give up her seat to the old woman. This story was picked up by "Russian propaganda sources", and then was reprinted in the Russian edition of the Estonian tabloid.
However, as pointed out by the correspondent of the Sunday Times, a source in the Estonian intelligence services, this could not be: "At that time there was not a British soldier, but it's perfect for them [Russia] is typical: they are trying to form an opinion that the NATO — occupiers is, it's such a brutal soldiery, which mistreating the local population".
In an attempt to present a positive image, according to the Sunday Times, British soldiers are going to organize sporting competitions with local teams and visit schools, particularly in areas where many Russians.
The soldiers will be allowed to go at liberty, and even to go to Tallinn, but only in small groups. They are not allowed to go to Nightclubs with Striptease and other entertainment facilities. Soldiers are also not recommended to take with itself a SIM card for their mobile phones and other electronic gadgets, so they are not attacked by hackers.
In an interview with the commander of British forces in Estonia, Colonel Giles Harris, said the rules are quite strict with the prohibition of alcoholic beverages.
According to the Colonel, the placement of NATO troops aims to "eliminate any doubt" that NATO will protect Estonia and its neighbors. "It is the mission of support and containment," said the Colonel.
The British soldiers soon will join another 400 French and Danish soldiers and three NATO units will be deployed in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.
Not aimed at Russia?
This topic develops and the Sunday Telegraph, indicating that the location of the first group of British troops in Estonia occurred at the moment when the head of the Federal intelligence service of Germany (BND) Bruno KAHL in an interview with Der Spiegel stated the following: "Russia has doubled its combat strength on their Western borders that cannot be seen [just] as defense against the West".
Last year, the newspaper reminds that Russia has created two new divisions in the Western military district and stationed in Kaliningrad mobile operational-tactical missile complex "Iskander".
Analyzing the occupancy of the first units of NATO troops in Estonia, columnist Roland Oliphant notes that the governments of the Baltic countries and Poland in recent years strongly lobbied that such development of events since then, three years ago, when Russian troops were in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine.
"However, in the case of the present war with Russia, they [NATO troops] will not last long. The Russian General staff has placed tens of thousands of soldiers in the Western military district. Thank God no one expects it to happen. In any case, in the hearing of a serious Russian military experts ridiculed the idea that Moscow may capture part of the Baltic States," writes Oliphant, noting that the factors that led to the annexation of Crimea, according to these unnamed experts, in this case "simply does not exist in nature".
However, behind all this according to the journalist, more fundamental reason. The reputation of NATO is based on the principle of collective defense: an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all members. On paper, reflects Oliphant, it gives even the few members of reinforced concrete sense of security, however, if you don't count the events of September 11, 2001, this principle has never been put to the test.
"And actually no one knows what could happen if the Russian airborne battalion occupied part of the Curonian spit," says Oliphant.
Will Donald trump, who called the Alliance obsolete, to risk a Third world war to defend a piece of sand and forests on the Baltic coast?
Will the Germans, already desperate in its history, to send its troops to fight Russia?
And British taxpayers have just voted for an exit from Europe, will react to the possibility of another devastating war on the European continent?
But refusal to respond will destroy the reputation of NATO and, in fact, would mean the end of the role of guarantor of European security — that is a long-term goal of Russian foreign policy, writes Oliphant.
So in a sense, the current deployment of troops in the Baltic States is not so much aimed at Russia as on the Alliance itself, which in this time of growing isolationism said to myself, I'm not ready to stop fighting the Ghost, concludes columnist for the Sunday Telegraph.
NATO in the Baltic States in figures (as they lead Sunday Telegraph):
4 000 NATO soldiers participate in the "enhanced forward basing"
800 British soldiers will be placed on the Estonian base in Tapa
150 British soldiers will be deployed in Poland
300 Warrior IFV, Challenger 2 tanks, AS90 self-propelled howitzer
2 years last "reinforced advanced basing"
5 750 Estonian defense forces are also involved
18 000 volunteers from the defense League, Estonia will join NATO forces
2 Russian divisions are placed in the Western military district