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Bosnians split over a 5 million euro weapons export deal to Ukraine that Russia objects to

A Bosnian arms exporter is threatening to sue government officials who are blocking a five million euro deal the company has with Ukraine to please Russia.

The manager of the UNIS-Group, Suvad Osmanagic, said Thursday the deal is legal and he is still negotiating with the authorities in te hope of clearing the export after all.

Bosnia's government is made of officials from all three main groups living in the country — the Bosnians, the Croats and the Serbs. Pro-Russian Serbs in the government object to weapon exports to Ukraine.

The minister of trade, a Bosnian Serb, resigned last week over this issue, saying he refuses to clear a deal that would jeopardize relations with Moscow. His non-Serb successor said she needs time to study the issue.