“Bosnia’s Serb Republic rolled out the red carpet with a police honor guard on Tuesday for a visiting Russian delegation in a warm VIP welcome hitherto unseen in the region’s capital, though Bosnian state flags were noticeably missing.

Bosnian Serbs see Russia as an historic ally and are blocking moves by the pro-Western state, of which they form a part, to take Bosnia into the U.S.-led NATO alliance.

Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Russian group of lawmakers, received a president’s welcome from Milorad Dodik, the region’s president who advocates the secession of the region from Bosnia and favors ties with Russia over those with the West.” (US News and World Report)