Russia in secret plot against fracking, Nato chief says

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia was mounting a sophisticated “disinformation campaign” aimed at undermining attempts to exploit alternative energy sources such as shale gas

Russia is secretly working with environmental groups campaigning against fracking in an attempt to maintain Europe’s dependence on energy imports from Moscow, the secretary-general of Nato has said.

Speaking at the Chatham House foreign affairs think-tank in London, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia was mounting a sophisticated disinformation campaign aimed at undermining attempts to exploit alternative energy sources such as shale gas.

He said: “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas. That is my interpretation.”

Mr Rasmussen did not say what form the Russians’ engagement with the environmentalists took or whether groups concerned were aware that they were dealing with Moscow’s agents.

He said that improving energy security was of the “utmost importance” and required European nations to develop more diverse sources of supply.

“It also, in my opinion, involves the better functioning of the European energy market so that one single supplier is not able to able to blackmail one single nation,” he said.

Greenpeace dismissed Mr Rasmussen’s comments as “preposterous”.

Full article: Russia in secret plot against fracking, Nato chief says (The Telegraph)

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