UK defence chief says Russia poses threat to Baltics

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says Russia poses a "real and present danger" to European security and that tensions between Moscow and NATO are "warming up."

London: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says Russia poses a "real and present danger" to European security and that tensions between Moscow and NATO are "warming up."

Fallon said yesterday that NATO must be prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin to threaten former Soviet bloc countries including Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia.

The comments made to reporters during a trip to Sierra Leone were among the harshest made by senior British officials in recent months.

The Ministry of Defence today said that Royal Air Force jets had escorted Russian bombers away from British airspace after they approached Wednesday. There has been an increase in Russian probing of British defenses recently. 

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