The European Union has urged Russia to leave the Balkans out of its dispute with the bloc over Ukraine, and to let the region proceed on its path toward EU and NATO memberships.

Moscow has said that because of its strained relations with the West, it no longer supports Bosnia's membership efforts and that there is no consensus in Bosnia over the issue.

The country's Bosniacs and Croats tend to look westward, but Bosnian Serbs maintain close ties with Russia, object NATO membership and have obstructed EU-requested reforms.

After meeting with Bosnia's leaders Friday, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's chief foreign affairs official, said she believes they all are now prepared to continue with the reforms and that Russia's disputes with the EU should not interfere with this process.