A retired US four-star general has raised fears Russian President Vladimir Putin is plotting a military invasion of Baltic countries to challenge president-elect Donald Trump and Nato countries.
In a show of force Russia has moved thousands of troops, military equipment and nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to positions in the enclave of Kaliningrad, which is sandwiched between Nato members Lithuania and Poland.
Veteran US military commander Jack Keane said the deployment of troops and equipment to the region suggests Putin may be planning to occupy Baltic states in a move similar to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine.
Putin has been accused of stoking tensions in Europe and there are fears the escalating situation could spark a new war.
Mr Keane, who revealed he turned down an offer to become Trump’s Secretary of Defense, told The Times: “The Russians are [now] putting considerable pressure on the Baltic states, with the …