Dodik says he wouldn't support Brussels statement condemning Russian aggression

NEWS 10.06.2022 18:11
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Source: N1

Milorad Dodik, one of the three members of Bosnia’s Presidency, accused the international community of “introducing serious disorder” in BiH and said that he would not support a joint statement in Brussels if it contained a condemnation of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

“In Brussels, they are proposing some declarations, resolutions, and 16 presidents of political parties have been invited from BiH. Just imagine, they were selected according to the criteria that they are representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, which is not a parliament but a collection of parliaments such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is,” Dodik told reporters in Banja Luka.

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Dodik, who is also the leader of the ruling party in Bosnia’s Serb-majority Republika Srpska (RS) entity, said that the RS does not want to qualify the war in Ukraine as an “aggression”.

“I will tell them that nicely on Sunday in Brussels. They are demanding that many things are emphasised in the resolution, and one of them is that we should condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine. I believe that there is a consensus among us from the Republika Srpska and that we will say that we condemn the war, but that will not define what qualifies as aggression and what does not,” said Dodik.

He stated that he will be travelling to Brussels, but that he does not understand why the meeting was organised.

“They do not want to let us try to agree on something on our own. After all, the situation here is stable and peaceful,” Dodik said.