Balkans | Serbian leader Dodik defended his decision to award Putin the “Order of the Republic of Serbia”.

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Balkans |  Serbian leader Dodik defended his decision to award Putin the “Order of the Republic of Serbia”.

Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska (RS), one of the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, regarding the decision to award the “Order of Republika Srpska” to Russian President Vladimir Putin, “Russia has proven to be the most honest guarantor of the Dayton Peace Agreement.” He said.

Dodik made statements regarding his decision to award the “Medal of Republika Srpska” to Putin at the Christmas reception organized by the 3rd Regiment of Republika Srpska in Kozara Barracks of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Noting that the decision to award Putin the “Order of Republika Srpska” within the scope of the January 9 celebrations, which is celebrated as “Republika Srpska Day” despite being “unconstitutional”, Dodik has nothing to do with Ukraine, “Russia has proven itself to be the most honest guarantor of the Dayton Peace Agreement. Use the phrase.

Dudek stated that he might present the badge to the presidents of the United States and Germany in the coming years.

The decision to award Putin the Order of the Republika Srpska

At the Banski Dvor Cultural Center in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, people who “contributed to Republika Srpska” were awarded medals, as part of the celebrations held on the occasion of “January 9th Day of Republika Srpska” even though it is “unconstitutional”.

Dodik confirmed in his statement here that it was decided to award the “Medal of Republika Srpska” to Putin for his “concern and love” for them, and said: “Putin has developed and strengthened cooperation and political and friendly relations between Republika Srpska and Russia.” I used this phrase.

“We believe that this award is an affirmation of the strategic design of our relations to strengthen friendship between fraternal countries,” said Igor Kalabuhov, the Russian ambassador to Sarajevo. He spoke.

Kalapuhov stated that they would plan the business for Dodik’s visit to Russia so that the “Republika Srpska Order” would be presented to Putin personally.

Republika Srpska Day “unconstitutional”

Evaluating the legality of January 9, at the request of Bakir Izetbegović, head of the Democratic Action Party, the largest Bosniak party in the country, in 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that celebrating the day was unconstitutional and said it was discrimination. Against non-Serbs living within the borders of the entity.

Dodik, known for his separatist rhetoric, held a referendum within the entity’s borders in 2016, and 99 percent of those who voted voted to mark January 9 as Republika Srpska Day.

The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina did not recognize the referendum and banned procedures for celebrating this day.

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