British Defence Minister Michael Fallon arrives at the Cabinet Office in central London in 2015.
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February 19, 2015 7:45 AM EST

The U.K. Defense Secretary said there is a “real and present danger” of Russia trying to destabilize the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Michael Fallon told reporters Wednesday, “I’m worried about Putin. I’m worried about his pressure on the Baltics, the way he is testing Nato,” BBC reports. Fallon said he was concerned that Putin would use the same tactics he’s been testing in Ukraine on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, so Nato must be prepared for more Russian aggression.

The three Baltic states, like Ukraine, were once part of the Soviet Union and have significant Russian-speaking minorities.

Fallon’s statements came the same day as two Russian military aircraft were coas off south-west England. Royal Air Force jets escorted the Russian bombers away from the UK.

Write to Tessa Berenson at tessa.berenson@time.com.

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