Putin’s Cold War style tactics have been revealed
Mikk Marran, head of Russia’s equivalent of MI6, told The Times that Moscow will target the soldiers with a "huge tool box" of honey traps, including "fake news", in efforts to discredit the NATO mission.
He went on to say attempts would also be made to infiltrate troops’ social media accounts to find material for blackmail purposes.
Estonian and British officials have been discussing potential threats to their mission for months, as more than 800 soldiers prepare to be deployed within weeks.
We cannot exclude some fights that might be triggered by the opposite team.
They will be joined by cyber warfare experts and GCHQ specialists trained to counter electronic attacks.
Soldiers from 5th Battalion, The Rifles, will head the British mission, which is due to commence at the end of March.
They will work alongside 300 French soldiers spread across the three Baltic states and Poland as part of efforts to prevent Russia from a Crimea-style invasion of NATO territory.
Mr Marran said the deployment of more than 4,000 NATO troops – a fraction compared to the numbers of Russian forces along the country’s western border – will be a perfect opportunity for Moscow to create a false impression of Western aggression through Kremlin-friendly media outlets.
He said: “We are seeing some of it already. Some degree of noise along the lines of ‘These troops are not welcome by the local population’.
“There will be 800 young British soldiers. People will be travelling from their bases to the cities. Probably they [will] do some pub hopping. We cannot exclude some fights that might be triggered by the opposite team.”
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Last year, the Army investigated claims two British troops in Latvia were involved in a brawl as part of a plot by Russia to smear UK soldiers.
The brawl with a group of locals was filmed by a crew linked to a media outlet sympathetic to Russia.
Asked about that incident, Mr Marran said: "Certainly it had some Russian background to it."
The Russian spy chief’s comments came after his agency published a report on President Putin’s attempts to undermine Nato and the European Union.
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