The Balkan state of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which suffered a civil war costing hundreds of thousands of lives in the early 1990s, is at risk of breaking apart in further conflict, a senior EU official has warned.

The warning came as the UN Security Council is due to renew the mandate for the 700 strong EU peacekeeping force in the country. However, Russia and China are hinting they’ll veto the mandate.

The echoes of the recent violent past have been conjured by the declaration of the head of the Serb entity in the state, Milorad Dodik. He has previously been head of the presidency council, which rotates between leaders from the three main ethnic communities, the Bosniak Muslims, Serbs, and Croats.