Russian intelligence designed a campaign aimed at creating interference in the accession process of Finland and Sweden, but also causing friction between these two countries and Turkey. This is reported today by Finnish broadcaster Yle, citing a secret intelligence report.

The plan is revealed in a memo written by a Russian intelligence officer and originally leaked to the Center for Investigative Journalism Dossier, which Yle cites.

The documents, which came into Yle’s possession, refer to campaign plans in Sweden and Finland. The Dossier Center claims that documents in its possession say that MrRussian intelligence was inciting demonstrations as part of this campaign in Paris. Researcher-journalist Ilya Rozdestvenski informed Yle about these documents.

The documents in question specifically mention that the Koran burning incidents in Sweden have caused tension in relations with Turkey, and recommendations are made to organize events aimed at further exacerbating the tension. This is basically inciting demonstrations in European countries with slogans that contained direct insults to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as the creation of graffiti with anti-Islamic and anti-Turkish content. All this according to the instructions had to be channeled on social media. In the document, an extract of which is published by Yle, this action is called the “Anti-Erdogan Plan”.

The “Dossier” claims to have obtained access to a report by Russian intelligence associates that refers to one such action that took place in Paris in March 2023. At that time, a series of demonstrations with anti-Islamic slogans and criticism of Erdogan had taken place.

Finnish intelligence confirmed to Yle that they are aware of such plans being drawn up in Russia, but pointed out that they have no evidence that they were taking place in Finland.

Turkey, after initial hesitations, agreed to Finland’s accession to NATO in April this year. Sweden, however, is still awaiting approval from the Turkish government to join NATO.

According to Rozdensvensky, the Russian intelligence services tried to slow down the process of joining NATO by these two countries, but they mainly focused on Sweden. According to the assessment of the “Dossier” journalist, it is known that the Russian secret services “seek to foster in Europe conflicts between areas or ethnic groups, the escalation of which they could activate”.