The Kremlin has engaged in the creation of paramilitary forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mercenaries of this country went to fight in the Donbass and Syria.
This is stated in the expert article in the edition of Foreign Policy, reports segodnya.
A scientist with the Department of Economics, Harvard University Vera Mironova and researcher of the research Institute of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe to them. Leibniz in Germany Bogdan Zavadec note that the Kremlin carries out the operation of influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In this country there are two administrative entities: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. Russia encourages the separatist instincts of the latter.
Republika Srpska has no right to have their own army, but has its own police. In 2016, the Bath-Onions arrived the Russian delegation to establish partnership in the field of intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism. Republika Srpska also adopted the Russian police trainers and to send staff of the Serbian special forces in Moscow for training, and the employees of the Russian intelligence lectures and training courses at the police Academy of the Republic of Srpska.
More recently, under the pretext of combating terrorism, the Republic of Srpska strengthens its police forces. Experts emphasize that the process is ways, like outright militarization, sometimes with the help of Russia.
“Russia and the Republika Srpska also established close connections between the organizations of veterans of wars,” the authors write.
It is noted that such organization participated in the recruitment of local residents for travel to the Donbass and Syria as foreign fighters are Russian private military companies.
According to experts, in Russia there is no significant “soft power” neither in Bosnia, nor even in the Republika Srpska. But the authors believe that the current President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik is the reason to play in the presidential election in October this year a “Pro card”.
We will remind, the authorities of Serbia is preparing for a possible escalation of the situation in Kosovo – allegedly the Kosovo security force along with the U.S. intends to carry out a covert invasion of the North of Kosovo. On 3 August held a meeting of the security Council of Kosovo, which was reported about the intentions of the Serbs in Northern Kosovo to declare unilateral Serbian autonomy. Before that, in April of this year, the Serbs announced the creation of autonomy and of the Association of Serb municipalities, which will be formed in cooperation with the Kosovo government and in accordance with the Constitution of Kosovo.
In June, the movement of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija “Fatherland” published an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to prevent the recognition of Kosovo’s independence at the international level.
Russia, mercenaries, militarization, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.