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France says 'fragile' Baltic states need Nato assurances

Published on Mar 20, 2014 4:24 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - France's defence minister said he would travel to Poland and the former Soviet Baltic states on Friday to discuss possible measures to boost their security after Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Speaking before European Union leaders gather in Brussels for a summit set to approve tougher sanctions against Russia, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated statements by other European officials that there were no plans for now for any military intervention.

However he said he would discuss with Nato members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania "how we can help their security efforts".

"That means stepping up airspace monitoring and reassuring them of Nato security guarantees because they are in a situation of fragility," he told BFM-TV.

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