UK sends military experts to counter Russian influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the round table of the first meeting of a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain June 29, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - Britain said on Thursday that it would send military specialists to Bosnia and Herzegovina to counter Russian influence and to "reinforce the NATO Mission and promote stability and security" in the country.

"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," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

"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."

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Reporting by Muvija M; Editing by William James

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