Hungary will veto a possible proposal for the European Union to impose sanctions on BiH tripartite Presidency member Milorad Dodik, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said, according to the SRNA news agency.
Szijjarto stated that the EU can impose sanctions only with a unanimous decision of the member states, but that it must be clear to everyone that Hungary will not support any sanctions against Dodik.
He noted that German Foreign Affairs Minister, Annalena Baerbock, recently requested the introduction of sanctions against Dodik.
The move is seen as a step towards independence from Bosnia and Herzegovina – a move the leaders of the semi-autonomous RS entity have announced many times, primarily Dodik.
“We are worried about such statements because BiH is close to us. Preserving stability and peace in the country is our basic security interest. Berlin is further, but not so far that you could never fly to Banja Luka from there,” Szijjarto wrote on Facebook, urging German officials to talk to Bosnian Serb representatives.
“Talk to Serbs. With them, not about them. Maybe this will help you understand the situation,” he wrote.