Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 50

An unnamed Russian foreignministry official sharply criticized the most recent NATO airstrikein Bosnia as "unnecessary," Interfax reported July 12.Earlier, Yeltsin`s national security adviser Yuri Baturin saidthat the conflict in the former Yugoslavia is a test of strengthbetween Russia and the West, Moscow’s Echo Radio reported July10. Bosnia has become "the focus of external threats to peace,"he said, and it is in Bosnia that it will be determined how theywill relate to Russia and to Russian policy in Europe and in theworld. Baturin specifically rejected any deployment of Westernrapid-response forces in the Balkans on the ground that such ause of force would amount to NATO`s enlargement into the Balkans.

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