The Czech president says any Russian incursion into the Baltics would be suicidal for Moscow and it would draw NATO into a fight.

Milos Zeman, known for pro-Russia views in the eastern Ukraine conflict, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Russian President "Vladimir Putin is not suicidal and knows the consequences this attack would have."

The Baltic countries — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — were ruled by Moscow for nearly five decades following World War II and are fearful that Russia could launch an incursion like it did in Ukraine. Latvia and Estonia have large Russian-speaking minorities.

Zeman also said it wouldn't make economic sense for Russia to annex eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia rebels are in a standoff with Ukrainian troops.