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The Parallels of Russian Bellicosity in the Balkans in the Example of Ukraine
Please join us for a discussion with Balkan experts Reuf Bajrović (US-Europe Alliance), Kurt Bassuener (Democratization Policy Council), journalist Una Hajdari, Richard Kraemer (European Values Center for Security Policy), and Ivana Stradner (Foundation for Defense of Democracies), moderated by Tanya Domi (Harriman Institute).

Just last month, the Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina issued issued a startling threat to the Bosnian government’s aspirations to join NATO. “Bosnia and Herzegovina have the right to decide whether to be a member of NATO, but Moscow reserves the right to respond to such an opportunity,” he said. Russia warned Bosnia and Herzegovina that it could be the Kremlin's next target following Ukraine.

This is not the first time Russia has threatened Bosnia. The parallels to Russia’s threats to Ukraine are unerringly uncanny. Bosnia’s significance to Western powers and to Russia stems from the same fact: The country is located squarely at the intersection of NATO and Russian influence. The West recognizes some of the potential Bosnia could have if it were brought into the NATO bloc, but seems not to understand the ramifications of the country slipping into Kremlin-induced disarray. For its part, Russia is just being consistent: Just as it unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Montenegro and North Macedonia from joining NATO, so too is it trying to halt Bosnian aspirations toward the same goal. Bosnia and threatened Balkan states North Macedonia and Montenegro remain fragile to Russian manipulation of its proxies in all of these countries and in the Balkan neighborhood.

This event is also available as a YouTube Live stream: https://youtu.be/7um6O9onJRo

Apr 21, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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