Foreign Policy of Russia towards B&H in the Beginning of 1990-ies  Cover Image

Vanjska politika Rusije prema Bosni i Hercegovini početkom 1990-ih
Foreign Policy of Russia towards B&H in the Beginning of 1990-ies

Author(s): Selma Delalić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka - Univerzitet u Sarajevu
Keywords: Soviet Union; Russia; Western Balkans; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia; Gorbacov; Jeljcin; Milosevic

Summary/Abstract: In early 1990s Moscow had its own problems, and thus did not pay much attention to the events in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the beginning, Moscow was willing to play, to a large extent, passive role giving support to all the efforts made by Western diplomats. But, as of 1993, Moscow showed greater readiness to adopt more independent pro Serb position – which was seen with discomfort in the West, especially given the fact that it coincided with emergence of the wave of nationalism in the Russian political life, symbolised by success of Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his Liberal Democratic Party of Russia in the December elections in the same year. As Moscow inclined towards the Serbs, the critics pointed out that Russian politics encouraged Serb aggression helping them in protecting their territorial spoil. Russian opposition to any form of external military intervention was considered to be obstacle in ending the war and reaching just settlement. However, even after taking pro Serb position, Russian politics remained in the framework of international consensus parameters, and Russia also gave support to all the international peace initiatives for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 196-203
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bosnian