UK Leaders Fear Russia Poses Danger to Baltic States

Remarks come while RAF planes escorted two Russian military aircraft off the coast of Cornwall.

By Published on February 19, 2015

There is a “real and present danger” of Russia trying to destabilize the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the UK defense secretary says.

Michael Fallon said he was worried about “pressure” from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the ex-Soviet states, which are Nato members.

Russia might use tactics there similar to those it used in Ukraine, he said.

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander told the BBC he too had “very real concerns” about the situation.

Mr Fallon’s comments came after PM David Cameron called on Europe to tell Russia it faced economic and financial consequences for “many years to come” if it did not stop destabilising Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense has said RAF jets were scrambled on Wednesday after two Russian military aircraft were seen off the Cornwall coast.

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