Russian defense minister Pavel Grachev has criticized as "unjust" the detention by the Bosnian government of Bosnian Serb General Djordje Djukic and a group of Bosnian Serb officers. Grachev, whose remarks came during a press conference in Belgrade February 9, said that Russia planned to raise the issue of the arrests with U.S. secretary of state Warren Christopher. A day earlier, Grachev had expressed his concern over the health of Djikic, whom he said needed medical care. Grachev arrived in Bosnia February 7, where he met with top NATO commanders. He then flew to the main Russian base at Ugljevik in northeast Bosnia. Russia has contributed a force of 1,600 to the NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR). The Russian defense minister later met with Bosnian Serb leaders, then conferred in Belgrade with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic February 8. Following talks with top Yugoslav military leaders February 9, Grachev said that Russia and the rump Yugoslavia would sign a military cooperation agreement lasting for the remainder of this year. (10)
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