Russia is waging information war against NATO and EU, which involves a wide range of hidden tools apart from public propaganda. This was reported in the annual report published on February 8 by the Estonian information department, which is responsible for foreign intelligence service, according to BNS.
“In order to escalate tensions, Russia itself and along with allies spread disinformation … a mix of truth and lie. Kremlin makes extensive use of controlled Russian and foreign media as well as fake profiles in social networks to convey the message. Fictional information usually finds fertile grounds in circles hostile to elite in EU countries,” the report says.
The department notes that Kremlin relies on right- and left-wing populist parties opposed to EU and NATO, which become more and more serious political forces all around Europe.
Estonian intelligence also thinks that Russian Federation tries to strain the attitude of Russian residents against Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania overall.
“Russia is consistently spreading the message that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania do not respect the rights of Russian residents and falsify history. In the eyes of Western countries and international organizations, Baltic countries are being presented with the image of undemocratic and problematic partners to weaken their ties with the allies and diminish their role in forming the policy towards Russian Federation,” the document says.