UK to deploy military experts in BiH to counter Russian influence

NEWS 30.06.2022 12:53
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UK military specialists will be sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to reinforce the NATO Mission and promote stability and security in the country, the UK Government said in a press release.

“We cannot allow the Western Balkans to become another playground for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s pernicious pursuits. By fanning the flames of secessionism and sectarianism Russia seeks to reverse the gains of the last three decades in Bosnia and Herzegovina, gains that have brought more stability to our whole continent,” said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“That is why we are stepping up support to Bosnia and Herzegovina, answering the call from our friends to help protect the peace they so rightfully deserve to enjoy,” Johnson said.

At the request of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo, a UK military counter-disinformation expert and a civilian strategic defence adviser will be deployed to support and train the Bosnia and Herzegovinian Armed Forces, said the press release.

In addition, the UK will provide £750,000 to establish a cyber-security center to bolster Bosnia and Herzegovina’s defenses against cyber attacks, the press release said.