There is a real danger that Russia will try to destabilize Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, believes Britain's Minister of Defense, Michael Fallon.
He fears that President Vladimir Putin will use propaganda, cyberattacks and "undercover"- soldiers against the Baltic countries - as he is accused of having done in Ukraine.
- I am concerned about Putin, the minister said, adding that Russia could may use hidden tactics to destabilize the three former Soviet republics.
- I am concerned about pressure on the Baltic states and the way he tests NATO. NATO must be ready to face any type of aggression from Russia, whatever it is. NATO is preparing, Fallon said to the newspapers The Times and The Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
The Minister believes Putin's motive for wanting to destabilize the Baltic countries may be to test NATO, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Western countries accuse Russia of support to the rebels in Ukraine with both weapons and soldiers. This is rejected by the government in Moscow.
Russia believes the British minister broke with ethical diplomacy codes when he said that Russians endangers the Baltics.
Spokesman Aleksandr Lukasjevitsj in the Russian Foreign Ministry responded that Russia poses no threat to the Baltic countries and said that the country will find a way to respond to the comments, which he believed broke with "ethical diplomacy codes."
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