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Berlin is expected to send troops to Bosnia for the first time in a decade

Berlin is expected to send troops to Bosnia for the first time in a decade

The German government on Wednesday paved the way for the deployment of troops for the EU peacekeeping mission in Bosnia for the first time in a decade, as growing concerns about instability in the Western Balkans due to the war in Ukraine, VOA reports.

The fighting is hundreds of kilometers away from Bosnia, but the country faces an increasingly active separatist movement from Bosnian Serbs, which analysts say has tacit support from Moscow.

Just days after the Russian aggression in Ukraine began, the EU decided to increase its EUFOR peacekeeping force from 600 to 1,100 troops, sending reservations to avoid possible instability.

Berlin agreed to send up to 50 troops to EUFOR, marking its return to the force for the first time since 2012.

Some of the troops will join so-called country-wide liaison and surveillance teams to assist EUFOR command, while others will be stationed in Sarajevo.

The final decision on deployment rests with the German parliament.

Source: VOA