Revolution

Yeltsin Warns of European War Over Bosnia

As NATO conducted an air assault of Bosnian Serbs, Russian President Boris Yeltsin warned that continued military intervention by Western nations would result in a new war in Europe.

"In future we will have to respond adequately and help the Serbs," Yeltsin said. "I have already signed a decree on humanitarian assistance. If these attacks continue, then things will become much hotter ... Those who insist on the expansion of NATO are making a major political mistake. The flame of war would ignite across all of Europe."

Yeltsin's tirade was most likely hot air to appease hardliners in the Russian government, and he did not follow through.


Source: September 1995 London Times article, "Yeltsin steps up threats to NATO."