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(50,155 posts)
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 12:42 PM Mar 2022

And Now Russia Is Threatening Bosnia and Herzegovina Over NATO, Too

Source: The Daily Beast

Russia is now threatening to repeat the aggression it unleashed against Ukraine in Bosnia and Herzegovina if the country joins NATO. In comments made to the broadcaster FTV on Thursday, Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Kalbukhov claimed the country could do as it wishes in regards to the alliance—but warned that Moscow would respond. “If [Bosnia and Herzegovina] decides to be a member of any alliance, that is an internal matter. Our response is a different matter. Ukraine’s example shows what we expect. Should there be any threat, we will respond,” he said in comments carried by Euractiv. ...


Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-is-now-threatening-bosnia-and-herzegovina-over-nato-too

Euractiv story and an excerpt from it:


According to Kalabukhov, the West is posing a threat to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s security by claiming that Russia “is allegedly preparing a plan.”

“We do not have any plans. We will respond having analysed the strategic and geopolitical situation,” the ambassador said. NATO membership is not a reality for BiH given the current lack of consensus on the matter in the country, he added.

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And Now Russia Is Threatening Bosnia and Herzegovina Over NATO, Too (Original Post) highplainsdem Mar 2022 OP
Loan them a squadron of A-10 Warthogs for a few months. ffr Mar 2022 #1
think about that godfree2 Mar 2022 #6
And you're taking a leap that Bosnia and Herzegovina are at war, when they are not. ffr Mar 2022 #8
I disagree. EndlessWire Mar 2022 #29
As we can easily understand, if Putin is not stopped COLD in Ukraine, he'll crush other places too.n Bernardo de La Paz Mar 2022 #2
Exactly. FM123 Mar 2022 #5
Putin and his rethuglicons. Jetheels Mar 2022 #11
Nato is going to grow. Tetrachloride Mar 2022 #3
I don't think that anybody believes what any politician from Russia says. Firestorm49 Mar 2022 #4
Ditto BigmanPigman Mar 2022 #32
Wow, Putin really is losing it PatSeg Mar 2022 #7
This is why the defense ministers of NATO met. colorado_ufo Mar 2022 #13
I don't think Putin bargained for such unity PatSeg Mar 2022 #18
Russia isn't going to "march" to Bosnia Herzegovina sarisataka Mar 2022 #16
I'm concerned that if Putin feels like PatSeg Mar 2022 #20
I've been saying for weeks if Putin isn't stopped in Ukraine, he will march on. sinkingfeeling Mar 2022 #9
"if Putin isn't stopped in Ukraine" speak easy Mar 2022 #14
This message was self-deleted by its author C Moon Mar 2022 #10
Terrorist threats ck4829 Mar 2022 #12
Check a map sarisataka Mar 2022 #15
Devil's advocate here. Igel Mar 2022 #22
Serbia is on track to join the EU in a few years. Ace Rothstein Mar 2022 #27
And what army? 5X Mar 2022 #17
I highly doubt Serbia wants that can of worms opened again. roamer65 Mar 2022 #19
Or more countries might feel inspired to join NATO IronLionZion Mar 2022 #21
That is a winning strategy. Don't join NATO or I will make you regret joining NATO. Ray Bruns Mar 2022 #23
He equipped his army with excellent provisions... tavernier Mar 2022 #24
"Should there be any threat, we will respond" LudwigPastorius Mar 2022 #25
Yeah, what they definitely need to do BlueIdaho Mar 2022 #26
I think not. EndlessWire Mar 2022 #30
Dictator Vlad will Not stop with Ukraine. sarcasmo Mar 2022 #28
I suppose psychologically EndlessWire Mar 2022 #31


(38 posts)
6. think about that
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:02 PM
Mar 2022

what about ground support, mechanics, spare parts
what about weapons they'd carry
what about direct invlvement of USA into war with Russia.
air power does not win wars

thinking of that, you're suggestion is lacking


(22,816 posts)
8. And you're taking a leap that Bosnia and Herzegovina are at war, when they are not.
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:06 PM
Mar 2022

The A-10 squadron was there for an air show. They just so happened to show up armed.


(6,987 posts)
29. I disagree.
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 04:17 PM
Mar 2022

While in general the maxim is that ground troops win wars, air power is most certainly an integral component toward winning.

The Ukrainians apparently can fly Wart Hogs. All the other points you make can be overcome logistically. It need be no more than "Wart Hogs R Uz." Give them the Wart Hogs, and private contractors, and problems solved.

What's this about direct involvement? Well, got news, we are already directly involved. The whole world is threatened by nukes. As soon as he opened his mouth, Putin made ALL of us directly involved. This "hands off" approach is an illusion.

Those comments made by the person only illustrates that Putin is pretty confident that he has cowed NATO, and can count on them staying out of those affairs. He might be in for a shock. All the rules are semantics, and clever people can always find ways around. Who the eff does Putin think he is?


(49,241 posts)
7. Wow, Putin really is losing it
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:05 PM
Mar 2022

Things didn't go as he'd expected so now he's going to threaten everyone in the neighborhood and even beyond.


(5,809 posts)
13. This is why the defense ministers of NATO met.
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:20 PM
Mar 2022

They are beefing up defenses in NATO countries and won't be caught pants-down.


(49,241 posts)
18. I don't think Putin bargained for such unity
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:52 PM
Mar 2022

He's gotten away with so much crap for so long, he thought this would be a cakewalk. His adversaries are far more organized and focused than he is.


(49,241 posts)
20. I'm concerned that if Putin feels like
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:57 PM
Mar 2022

he's losing, he might decide to go out with a bang. I think his ego could overshadow his desire to live. I think there is a chance that he would start World War III even if he knows he can't win. "If I'm going down, I'll take a lot of people with me" attitude.

speak easy

(9,509 posts)
14. "if Putin isn't stopped in Ukraine"
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:23 PM
Mar 2022

I firmly believe he chose the wrong country, and the wrong people to start with.

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)


(35,763 posts)
22. Devil's advocate here.
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 02:15 PM
Mar 2022

Joint Russia-Serbia military exercises.

Srbija is in Putin's camp; it had the same kind of "you belong to *us* mentality when Jugoslavija broke up about the same time the USSR did, and harbors similar animosity towards Bosnia. Srbija fought for Kosovo polje, which has the same kind of historico-ethnic resonance as Kievan Rus' does for a certain kind of Russian.

Ace Rothstein

(3,251 posts)
27. Serbia is on track to join the EU in a few years.
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 03:45 PM
Mar 2022

It has been ongoing for over a decade. That will go right out the window if they participate in any sort of invasion of Bosnia.


(36,860 posts)
19. I highly doubt Serbia wants that can of worms opened again.
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 01:53 PM
Mar 2022

It will force them toward the EU and NATO.

We are just seeing propoganda from Putler meant for domestic consumption.


(12,623 posts)
24. He equipped his army with excellent provisions...
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 02:37 PM
Mar 2022

Bags of potatoes and onions and dried up packaged army surplus food. Wonder what he will feed the new recruits? Pictures of pork chops and prime rib?


(9,806 posts)
25. "Should there be any threat, we will respond"
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 03:01 PM
Mar 2022

Yeah, that country 1,500 miles away from your nearest border is a potential fucking threat.

Those shrimp-dicked assholes in the Kremlin need a reality check.


(13,582 posts)
26. Yeah, what they definitely need to do
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 03:16 PM
Mar 2022

Is open a war on two additional fronts. Someone in Russia really needs to think about erasing Putin before Russia is divided up and given to other nearby countries.


(6,987 posts)
30. I think not.
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 04:26 PM
Mar 2022

Oh, the part about fighting on two fronts is good for our side. As many fronts as he wants. Like, a cluster f***. But, except for Kaliningrad, Russia should not be parceled out. No need to scare the Russian readers here.

We never wanted Russian territory, anyway. This is all on Putin's balding head. Ukraine was never, ever a threat to Russia, and had no plans to invade Russia. I think they had plans to conform to NATO standards. That's what they were doing, trying to invade NATO.


(6,987 posts)
31. I suppose psychologically
Thu Mar 17, 2022, 04:33 PM
Mar 2022

the world had to reassure stupid Vlad that NATO is not a threat unless provoked by aggression on their territories. But, now he is confident that he can do what he wants to anybody not in NATO. And, he fights in the dirtiest, lowliest sort of way that results in war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

I think we are past the point of diplomacy here. But, perhaps they should at least lodge a complaint against Putin, getting everything on record.

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