April 17, 2024

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Bosnian Serb president promises to remain loyal to “friend” Putin: “The West is trying to convince us to support sanctions” |  outside

Bosnian Serb president promises to remain loyal to “friend” Putin: “The West is trying to convince us to support sanctions” | outside

Milorad Dodik (64 years old), President of the Serbian part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, met today with his Russian colleague and “friend” Vladimir Putin (71 years old). During the conversation, Dodik not only pledged to remain loyal to Russia, but also stressed that he would do everything in his power to prevent Bosnia and Herzegovina from supporting Western sanctions against Moscow.

Putin and Dodik sat together in the Russian city of Kazan, in the southwest of the country. During the conversation, the Russian president thanked his “friend” for “maintaining relations with Russia,” among other things.

64-year-old Milorad Dodik is President of the Republic of Serbia. This subregion, together with the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (also known as the Croat-Islamic Federation, ed.), forms the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik and Russian President Vladimir Putin today. © National Police Agency / Environmental Protection Agency

Western sanctions

During the meeting, Dodik claimed that the Republic of Serbia is “under Western control.” “We live in a difficult situation and we are very glad that you understand,” he told Putin. The Bosnian Serb president also promised that he would do everything in his power to prevent Bosnia and Herzegovina from joining Western sanctions against Moscow. “Even though the West is literally trying to talk us out of this,” Dodik says.

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the G7 (Australia, Canada, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States) imposed several sanctions, such as capping Russian oil prices, while imposing sanctions on Russia. The economy aimed to decline and made financing the war more difficult.

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Finally, the Bosnian Serb president confirmed that he has “excellent relations” with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Hungarian President Viktor Orban. “Obviously this makes things easier for us, especially with regard to Europe,” he said.

The last time Putin and Dodik met was in May 2023. Until then, Dodik stressed that the Serbian Republic would remain “pro-Russian, anti-Western, and anti-American.”

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