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on-and-off fighting in Ukraine's Donbas region since the Minsk deal of February has made one thing clear. If Russia is serious about seeking a solution to the conflict, it should be prepared to endorse the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission and force. The most important area, Sector East in Eastern Slavonia, remained under firm Serb control. And, much like Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine issue today, Serbia's then-president, Slobodan Milosevic, insisted that the issue could be resolved only by direct talks between the Serb separatists and the Croat government in Zagreb.Today, the UNTAES (United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja, and Western Sirmium) mission is virtually forgotten – not because it failed, but because it succeeded. To be sure, not every issue in Eastern Slavonia was sorted out then or in the years since; but there is no longer a conflict, and Croatia and Serbia now enjoy constructive bilateral relations.Is the Kremlin serious about recognizing Ukraine's sovereignty in the Donbas and resuming normal relations with the West?
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