The US and UK signed up to the creation of a hybrid threat centre in Finland
On Tuesday a number of EU and Nato countries signed up to establish a centre in Helsinki, to tackle propaganda and disinformation.
Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini, said: “The centre is a real boost for the cooperation between the EU and NATO… Hybrid activities have become a permanent part of the European security environment.
The use of hybrid strategies puts the internal cohesion and resilience of our societies to the test
Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini
“The use of hybrid strategies puts the internal cohesion and resilience of our societies to the test… What is needed in response is not only state, but societal resilience, a comprehensive approach to security.”
In total, nine nations signed the agreement: Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Britain and the US.
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Deborah Haynes, The Times defence journalist, told LBC that Russia “could start making trouble in the Baltics”.
She added: “They could launch cyber attacks against against the US against the UK. And that creates a whole world of trouble which people are going to be factoring.”
There are accusations Moscow will try to meddle in forthcoming European elections, including those in France and Germany.
Dr Andrew Foxall, director of think tank, Russia Centre, believes analysts are now convinced Wikileaks has a pro-Russia agenda.
Soini believes the centre will hand a real boost to the country in it's cyber fight
He said: “When Julian Assange launched Wikileaks in 2006 he was talking about transparency in Eurasia where corruption is rife. But actually it is the US which has been targeted.
“He claims that Wikileaks has secret Russian intelligence but hasn’t disclosed anything remotely sensitive about Russia. He has taken a consistently pro-Russia stance.”
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Various outbreaks of hacking have worried western countries
In January, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed there was a “high confidence that Russian military intelligence relayed material to WikiLeaks”.
Nato member states previously bolstered troop presence in the Baltic States and Poland to deter Russian aggression in eastern Europe, nearly three years after Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
The annual budget of the centre is initially thought to be around £1.3million, with Finland providing half the funding and the rest covered by agreed members.