Russian troops 'to get support role'
Friday 27 October 1995
he US Secretary of Defence, William Perry, and his Russian counterpart, General Pavel Grachev, met in Washington yesterday to try and fashion a role for Russian troops in a Bosnia peacekeeping force.
Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, who met in New York last week at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, agreed in theory that up to 2,000 Russian support troops would help in reconstruction efforts, airlifting supplies and clearing mines, officials have disclosed.
hese troops would be separate from a Nato-led force. But Mr Perry and Gen Grachev yesterday confronted the far more sensitive issue of using Russian combat troops, with the two sides openly at loggerheads over whether they could come under Nato command.
he defence chiefs' meeting was to prepare in part for peace talks between the Presidents of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia at an Ohio air force base next week.
he US insists that any Russian peace-keepers should be integrated into the command structure of the proposed 60,000-strong Nato contingent. But while Russian commanders have shown some eagerness to get involved, President Yeltsin has been adamant that they will not serve under Nato.
Both governments are under heavy pressure at home. Sentiment in the US Congress is running strongly against the Bosnia operation and if the Administration does not seek formal approval, some opponents are threatening to deny funding for it. Republicans, historically suspicious of putting US troops under UN or any foreign control, will be closely watching for any compromise.
he initial deal reached between Mr Clinton and Mr Yeltsin behind closed doors last week came as some surprise yesterday, but was the latest attempt to finesse a meaningful role for the Russians.
Other proposals have included a Russian-French force, or placing a Russian contingent in its own sector of Bosnia. All of them pose complicated questions of who will ultimately be in command in the event of a crisis or redeployment.
he Pentagon has been quietly working to coax the Russians into a Nato- led force. hough the peace-keeping operation can go ahead without it, Russian co-operation in Bosnia is vital to the future of Europe's military security, Administration officials believe.
Budget considerations may have influenced Mr Yeltsin's decision to opt for a non-combat role for at least a few Russian troops, the New York imes reported yesterday. he UN would typically foot the bill for reconstruction work, but combat forces would have to be supplied and financed from home.
- 1 Dentist who illegally killed Cecil the lion blames local guides for the scandal
- 2 Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
- 5 Walter Palmer: American dentist revealed as the killer of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe
Dentist who illegally killed Cecil the lion blames local guides for the scandal
Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children 'sexual play things' guilty of 23 offences
Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts than white people, report finds
Walter Palmer: American dentist revealed as the killer of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
The last thing Labour needs is a leader like Jeremy Corbyn who people want to vote for
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
£30000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£17600 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum cares for one of the largest...
£16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has ope...
£15000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest independent ...