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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Grachev Wary of Bosnia Role

Russia's Defense Minister Pavel Grachev warned that and expanded Russian military role in Yugoslavia could lead to another Afghanistan, and he criticized the growing Western involvement in the conflict, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.


Grachev told the news agency in St. Petersburg that Russia "does not need another Afghanistan", and said Yugoslavia's bloody civil war could spread to other parts of the region.


On Wednesday, Russia supported a United Nation's resolution to establish a no-fly zone over Bosnia, but Grachev said it does not need to commit more forces to back up the action.


Russia currently has 1, 000 troops stationed in Croatia. A handful of volunteers are also fighting for Serbia, the traditional Russia ally isolated by the international community for its aggression in the former Yugoslavia.