Balkans | Milorad Dodik: “Vladimir Putin is my friend and I attach great importance to this”

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Balkans |  Milorad Dodik: “Vladimir Putin is my friend and I attach great importance to this”

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said he is a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and attaches great importance to that.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska (RS), one of the two entities within the organization, told RIA Novosti journalists about the meeting he had with Putin in Moscow, “The meeting was very successful, we kept talking about all the topics we talked about all the time. We exchanged views on The current situation in our relations and the regional and global agenda. I reaffirmed the friendly relationship between Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and the Russian Federation with Republika Srpska. We have confirmed that we are reliable partners and that all our meetings are evidence of this. “

Dodik noted that during the meeting with Putin, issues such as the price of Russian gas delivered to the country and payment in rubles were discussed, “we are negotiating with the Russian side on the reconstruction of thermal power plants, the supply of equipment for work in the mines, all these issues require coordination and internal procedures. We have already purchased three Russian helicopters, two of which have already been delivered to Republika Srpska, and the last one is awaiting delivery.It is necessary to talk about future needs in this direction.

Noting that there is no doubt about his friendship with Putin and that it is important to him, Dodik said: “President Putin is a person who cares about his country and his people. When he tried to talk to the West and NATO before, he always acted with principle and tried to establish a common policy and security. But they did not listen. To him and continue to do what they did in Yugoslavia with Russia Anyway, I highly appreciate President Putin.

“The withdrawal of Russian forces from Bosnia and Herzegovina was a mistake”

The Serbian leader told Sputnik that the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003 was a mistake.

Dodik said that as long as other military forces of the international community remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Russians should stay, and that the Russians staying in the country would be happy for the Serbs.

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