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Newsline: Russian embassy in Bosnia warns of destabilization

The Russian embassy in Bosnia criticized the suspension of a Bosnian Serb property law and warned of potential destabilization in the tense Balkan country unless the decision by the top international official is revoked. The embassy in a statement carried by local media reiterated that Moscow does not recognize German diplomat Christian Schmidt as the head of the U.N. Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and considers his moves illegitimate. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/russian-embassy-in-bosnia-warns-of-destabilization/2022/04/13/9e393eba-bb12-11ec-a92d-c763de818c21_story.html) The Russian comments highlight a dispute with the West over policies in the volatile Balkans where Moscow has sought to increase its historic sway. With war raging in Ukraine, there have been fears of tensions soaring in the Balkans as well.

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