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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Parliament: Stay Out Of Bosnia

In a sharp attack: on Kremlin policy, parliament on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to veto any U. N. resolution to intervene militarily in the former Yugoslavia.


In a vote of 172 to 8 with 7 abstentions, the deputies resolved that any military intervention "would affect Russian strategic interests and would hardly be conducive to an early settlement".


The resolution sharply conflicted with policy outlined earlier this week by President Boris Yeltsin, who, bolstered by a victory in Sunday's referendum, endorsed an international peace plan for the area. The president had warned Bosnian Serbs on Tuesday to expect no protection from Russia if they continued to defy the plan.


As the conflict in Bosnia has intensified in recent months, calls for outside military intervention have increased, with most of the world blaming the Serbs for the violence.


But the Russian parliament has continuously rallied behind the Serbs, a traditional ally, and is very reluctant to oppose them.


Speaking to reporters after the parliament vote, deputy foreign minister Vitaly Churkin said the foreign ministry would regard the resolution as a recomendation, and nothing more.