“After the UK announced it will deploy around 40 military personnel to ensure ‘free and fair’ elections in Bosnia this autumn, the Bosnian Serb leader, Milorad Dodik, has accused Britain of interfering in the country’s affairs.

Russia’s ambassador to Bosnia, Petar Ivanov, and Milorad Dodik, the Bosnian Serb President, have criticised the UK for ‘meddling in the October general election campaign after Britain’s Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, recently announced that the UK will send 40 extra military personnel to counter any “malign external influence” and to ensure ‘free and fair’ general elections in Bosnia.

Williamson made the announcement at the recent NATO defence ministerial meeting in Brussels.

‘Republika Srpska does not need this, nor have its authorities asked for it. If this is done by the British on their own, it is only their action, and it is meddling in internal affairs.’

‘This is an act that borders on intrusion into this country,’ Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity, said on Sunday night.” (Eurasia Review)