British MoD Documents “Found at Bus Stop” Are Disinformation
It's garbage alright
This is garbage. The green and red lines were not HMS Defender’s only choices of getting to Georgia. The ship could have easily taken the short, green route, but simply stayed 12 nautical miles from Crimea instead of the 10 miles it opted for. You can easily do the green route without running afoul of the Russians. The red route with the gigantic detour is bizarre alright, but also has no connection to reality and is simply tacked on to make the alternative look like the more practical and reasonable option by comparison.
The regime media knows what to say:
A series of slides prepared at PJHQ shows two routeing options, one described as “a safe and professional direct transit from Odessa to Batumi”, including a short stretch through a “Traffic Separation Scheme” (TSS) close to the south-west tip of Crimea.
This route, one slide concluded, would “provide an opportunity to engage with the Ukrainian government… in what the UK recognises as Ukrainian territorial waters.”
An alternative route was considered, which would have kept HMS Defender well away from contested waters.
This would have avoided confrontation, the presentation noted, but ran the risk of being portrayed by Russia as evidence of “the UK being scared/running away”, allowing Russia to claim that the UK had belatedly accepted Moscow’s claim to Crimean territorial waters.
No, that’s not true. There was no danger of being portrayed as being “scared” because the red route did not need to be taken, but simply the green route but without violating Russian waters by just 3700 meters.
The document also grossly enlarges the actual Russian exclusion zones:
This is either a psyop to manipulate the media and the public, or if it is the genuine document that was presented to the Prime Minister, it is even worse as it would be evidence of the MoD grossly misinforming and manipulating the PM. Giving the politicians two options of which one is designed to be as unpalpable as possible is indeed a favorite and time-tested strategy of deep state manipulators across the globe.