Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has regretted British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon's recent statement alleging that President Vladimir Putin is as much a threat to Europe as Islamic State, posing "a real and present danger" to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
"Such statements cause our great regret," Peskov said in an interview with CNN.
"I believe public opinion in the countries that are relatively new EU and NATO members is very sensitive to judgments made in statements coming from old-timers, like the United Kingdom," Peskov said.
"I believe statements by high-ranking policymakers impress the newcomers, and we regret statements like the one you have just mentioned," Peskov said.
"It is obvious that they are not conducive to cooperation and stronger security and are not conducive to our safe and predictable future. They don't reflect the real state of affairs on our common European continent," he said.
In commenting at a CNN host's request on complaints by British officials about the flights of Russian military planes close to the UK's borders, Peskov noted that each time "fuss is made about" Russian military planes' flights in international airspace, "they forget deliberately or accidentally to mention NATO planes, like British or American ones, which do the same in the same international corridors."
"This is an internationally agreed practice, which is open to international monitoring. This practice is commonly recognized in the world, and this should be remembered," he said.
The Kremlin sees the British defense secretary's remark comparing Russia to Islamic State as devoid of common sense.
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