Russia will take additional security measures in case Baltic States join NATO

Russian Defence Minister Igor Sergeyev said on Monday Russia would take extra security measures if the Baltic states join NATO. "The incorporation of the Baltic states into NATO directly threatens the security interests of Russia," a senior Russian Defense Ministry official quoted Sergeyev as saying during a meeting in Moscow with the head of the defence committee of the Norwegian parliament. "If events take such a course, the military infrastructure of NATO will come right to Russian borders, while the Kaliningrad region [a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea] will find itself surrounded by NATO," Sergeyev said, according to Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, head of the Defense Ministry's international cooperation department, Interfax reports.