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Russia backs Bosnia’s integrity amid Serb calls for secession

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A man stands with a Russian flag as he awaits the welcoming ceremony of Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Russia supports the peace accords that ended Bosnia’s war in the 1990s and the country’s territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday amid a Bosnian Serb leader’s calls for secession of a Serb-run region from Bosnia.

Lavrov arrived in Bosnia two weeks before Bosnia’s national election, a visit described by local media as a show of support for Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, even though the Russian said he was not making a recommendation as to who to vote for.

Dodik, who is running for a Serb seat in Bosnia’s inter-ethnic presidency, is campaigning on a ticket of a wider autonomy of the Serb Republic that he currently presides over and its ultimate secession from Bosnia.

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