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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Grachev to Visit Troops in Bosnia

Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev will leave for a three-day trip to former Yugoslavia on Wednesday to visit Russian troops in Bosnia and meet Serbian leaders, his spokeswoman said.

Yelena Agapova said Monday that Grachev would visit Russian troops taking part in peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia and meet NATO's Supreme Allied Commander General George Joulwan before heading for Belgrade.

She said Grachev then planned to spend two days meeting political and military leaders in Serbia, which shares Christian Orthodox traditions with its fellow Slavs in Russia.

The commander of Russia's airborne forces, Colonel-General Yevgeny Podkolzin, told Interfax that he planned to visit troops in Bosnia on Wednesday.