- Title: RUSSIA / BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: RUSSIAN TROOPS ARRIVE IN BOSNIA
- Date: 12th January 1996
- Summary: IVANOVO RUSSIA AND TUZLA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (JANUARY 12, 1996)(RTV-ACCESS ALL) (IVANOVO, RUSSIA)(JANUARY 12TH 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/SV TROOPS STANDING TO ATTENTION BEFORE BOARDING PLANE (4 SHOTS) 0.23 2. SV SOLDIERS GETTING ON THE PLANE 0.32 3. LV PLANE TAKING OFF 0.46 (TUZLA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA) (JANUARY 12) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 4. LV/SV PLANE ON TARMAC (2 SHOTS) 0.55 5. LV SOLDIERS OFF PLANE / SV COMMANDER OF FIRST ARMOURED DIVISION IFOR GENERAL WILLIAM NASH GREETING RUSSIAN COMMANDER, SAYING HE LOOKS FORWARD TO THEIR WORK TOGETHER (ENGLISH) (4 SHOTS) 1.25 6. SV/LV SOLDIERS / VEHICLES UNLOADED FROM PLANE (5 SHOTS) 2.30 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 27th January 1996 12:00
- Location: IVANOVO, RUSSIA AND TUZLA, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA82IJ6HZPEN3PVXOIRULBRY302
- Story Text: Russian troops flew into Bosnia on Friday (January 12) to start the first joint operation between American and Russian armies in a combat zone since World War Two.
Because of Moscow's uneasy relationship with NATO, the Russian brigade will report directly to American commanders rather than NATO, which is in charge of the 60,000 member Bosnian peace Implementation Force (IFOR).
The brigade is an elite paratroop unit made up of troops who served in Russia's campaigns in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
Major General William Nash, commander of U.S. ground forces in Bosnia greeted the Russians heartily and shook the hand of their commander, Colonel Colonel Alexander Lentsov.
"It's a great day for the U.S. and it's a great day for Russia," Nash said.
The rest of the 1,500-member Russian contingent is to arrive during January and set up operations in northeast Bosnia in a mostly Serb-held area of the war-torn country.
Russian commanders have said the troops will be impartial, although many Bosnian Moslems are worried they will be too close to their traditional friends, the Serbs, who are Orthodox Christians.
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