The Canadian Air Force is passing on its promise to protect Icelandic airspace, instead leaving the job up to the Czech Republic.
That news came of specific interest to Russia's click-bait propaganda outlet.
In recent weeks, the government of Canada informed NATO that it was opting-out of a mission to guard Iceland, something that it had committed to just a few months prior. The obligation exists not because the island nation faces any immediate threat, but because it does not have its own air force.
As such, NATO countries take turns doing small-scale, short-term deployments to Keflavik, in Iceland. Generally, the deployments only involve a half-dozen planes, last just a few weeks, and only cover about half the year. It's dubbed Operation IGNITION.
When Canada informed NATO that it wouldn't be sending aircraft on the mission, the organization went to the Czechs, who quickly approved the plan and will have assets in the region for August. The last time the Czech Republic was deployed to Iceland, according tostate-owned Russian daily newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the mission was extended "because of provocative actions on the part of Russian aircraft in the vicinity of Iceland."
But news of this change in plans received very little attention from media, even in the Czech Republic and Iceland. It did not even appear to get picked up by the Iceland's highest-circulation newspaper, Fréttablaðið.
Russian state media, however, took notice.