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Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, one of the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, stated that Republika Srpska does not allow Bosnia and Herzegovina to make a decision to impose sanctions on Russia.

Dodik met with the President of the Presidency Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Serbian member Željka Švijanović in Banja Luka.

In statements to the press after the meeting, Dodik assessed the statements of Branislav Bornović, leader of the Democratic Progress Party, that “Bosnia and Herzegovina imposed sanctions on Russia.”

Dodik said, “The Republic of Serbia did not allow any sanctions against Russia at the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but we see that some trust Brussels more than the official institutions in the Republic of Serbia.” He said.

Noting that the Republic of Serbia also prevented Bosnia and Herzegovina from recognizing Kosovo, Dodik said that opposition parties always “lie” when it comes to sanctions against Russia.

Dodik added that he would ask Cvijanovic that as long as the Ukraine-Russia war continues, the BHB will stop training with NATO.

A statement of appreciation from the Russian Embassy in Sarajevo to the Republika Srpska Administration

On the other hand, in a written statement from the Russian Embassy in Sarajevo, “we appreciate the principled position of the Republika Srpska administration, which opposes the implementation of decisions at the state level that could harm bilateral relations with Russia.” Statement included.

It was also indicated in the statement that all steps not taken by the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina were invalid, and it was stated that it was inconsistent with the basic principles of the Dayton Peace Agreement to make decisions on issues that did not contradict it. Reaching an agreement on the basis of the consensus of the three founders (Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bornovich’s demand for “sanctions”

Bornovic indicated that he asked the High Representative of the European Union for External Relations and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, about whether Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the decisions to impose sanctions on Russia.

Noting that he could not get a response from his country’s “local politicians” on the issue, Borilović said: “I received a very specific response from Borrell, who directed me to official EU documents related to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s participation in sanctions against Russia.” He claimed that Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to impose sanctions on Russia.


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