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Dodik, Putin will not leave Republika Srpska alone

Bosnian Serb leader satisfied with talks in Moscow

28 May, 18:07
(ANSA) - SARAJEVO, 28 MAG - Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik called his recent visit to Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a success. "We talked about various issues, and I had the opportunity to report to Putin about the decadent behavior of the West in relation to the person who was not legally elected to the post of High Representative," Dodik said at a press conference in Banja Luka, the capital of Republika Srpska, the Serb-majority entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina of which Dodik is president. The reference is to Germany's Christian Schmidt, High Representative in the Balkan country whose legitimacy Republika Srpska, Serbia and Russia do not recognize, claiming he was not elected by a UN vote. With Putin, Dodik also addressed the question of how Russia would act should the illegal High Representative' impose his own decisions on Republika Srpska, including on the property issue. "I said that for us there are two paths - one is that we cease to exist, the other is that we preserve our autonomy. The response received was really encouraging. Putin understands the situation and will not leave Republika Srpska alone," Dodik said. Strong is the disagreement with the Bosnian Serb component and its growing secessionist aspirations. Dodik then returned to accuse the U.S. and British ambassadors in Sarajevo of hostile behavior toward the Serb-majority entity of Bosnia. "They believe we are a colony, which is why the fight against colonialism, as ridiculous as it may seem, is one of the most important issues we have to solve. We Serbs do not intend to endorse a new a new era under the colonial administration of foreigners." (ANSA).

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