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Peace in the Balkans : situation in Bosnia deteriorated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the President of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodi (Photo credit to Presidency of Russia)

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the President of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodi (Photo credit to Presidency of Russia)

A crisis is brewing in Bosnia-Herzegovina on the European Union’s southeast flank. And here, too, Moscow has a hand into it.

Nov. 21 marks the 20th anniversary of the Dayton peace agreement, which ended three-and-a-half years of brutal war between Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks.

The anniversary should be a time for celebration.

Unfortunately, it may not turn out that way. The Dayton agreement created two highly autonomous entities inside Bosnia: the Bosniak-Croat majority federation and the Serb majority Republika Srpska. Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, plans to rain on the Dayton anniversary parade by openly violating the agreement on Nov. 15 in a move that many see as a thinly veiled independence referendum.

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