Russia Plans to Deploy Troops and Equipment in Eastern Europe to Oppose US and NATO
LONDON, (BM) – Vladimir Putin will strengthen his grip on Eastern Europe with a new military base in the Serbian-dominated region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it has emerged, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Express.
Whether it be the annexation of Crimea or numerous military exercises in the Black Sea, Russia has been expanding its sphere of influence into Eastern Europe for years.
Last week saw the donation of six MiG-29 fighter jets, 30 battle tanks and 30 armoured scout vehicles to the Serbian military in an unprecedented move. The announcement of a new base in neighbouring Bosnia appears to be just the latest manoeuvre in Russia’s quest to push NATO out of Eastern Europe.
Die Welt correspondent Boris Kalnoki suggested that Putin was deepening relations with Serbs in Bosnia in order to show its “decisiveness” in the region.
He said: “The news brings the aspirations of Serbia to modernise its army and with that to bring its own arms industry back into focus.
“That is potentially explosive – as Serbia relies on Russia, a country which showed in Ukraine its decisiveness to expand its sphere of influence with armed force.
“That is part of the overall arming in eastern and central Europe.”
The US already has a vast base in neighbouring Kosovo, meaning that Russia is prepared to go toe-to-toe in the region, according to Mr Kalnoki.
He added: “Considering that this represents the strengthening of NATO in the region, it is not surprising that Russia is counteracting.
“While NATO mostly relies on Albania, Kosovo and Croatia in former Yugoslavia, Russia is concentrating on Serbia and the Serb entity in Bosnia.”
Russia’s growing proximity to Bosnia may be part of a wider diplomatic battle between Putin and NATO over the nation.
Rival Serb, Croat and Bosniak leaders finally agreed to form a central government last night some 10 months after the general election.
The tripartite government came to blows over Bosnia’s possible integration into NATO – something Russia is staunchly against.
Follow us everywhere and at any time. BulgarianMilitary.com has responsive design and you can open the page from any computer, mobile devices or web browsers. For more up-to-date news from us, follow our YouTube, Reddit, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages. Do not miss the chance to subscribe to our newsletter.