Facing an election this weekend, Bosnian Serb separatist chief Milorad Dodik blasted the West and praised Vladimir Putin over his insurance policies within the Balkans, boasting that he’s a uncommon European politician who can meet with the Russian president anytime he needs.
Dodik’s feedback made at a preelection rally late Tuesday within the Bosnian Serb semiautonomous area of Republika Srpska got here after he met with Putin in Moscow earlier this month when he endorsed Russia’s conflict in Ukraine. Dodik additionally met with Putin in June.
Dodik, a Serb member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency that additionally features a Bosniak and a Croat member, has often met with Putin, particularly earlier than elections when he desires to indicate to the extremely pro-Russia Bosnian Serb voters that he has Putin’s assist.
Moscow has typically been accused by the West of looking for to destabilize Bosnia and the remainder of the Balkans by its allies in Serbia and Bosnia. Dodik has brazenly advocated tearing away the Serb-controlled half of Bosnia from a Bosniak-Croat federation and becoming a member of it up with neighboring Serbia.
During the rally, Dodik reiterated the Bosnian Serb separatist stands, which already as soon as previously led to a conflict — within the Nineties when it left 100,000 individuals lifeless and tens of millions homeless in what was then the worst carnage in Europe since World War II.
“We cannot stay in Bosnia-Herzegovina” he mentioned. “Bosnia-Herzegovina is not the place for us. Bosnia-Herzegovina is a place that constantly suppresses us to take off in our development,” he mentioned, including that the destiny of Bosnian Serb youngsters relies on how rapidly Bosnian Serbs go away the joint nation.
“And I think that these conditions (separation) are being created, Europe is in more and more trouble. America is losing its strength. A new world is being created, “ Dodik said. ”In that world it is necessary that the Republika Srpska has Milorad Dodik who can name Putin and see him tomorrow.”
Bosnia holds a general election on Sunday in which Dodik is running for the Bosnian Serb president, a separate function from the three-member presidency. His biggest challenge comes from young economist Jelena Trivic, from opposition Party of Democratic Progress, who has pledged to fight against Dodik’s alleged corruptive deals that he made in the past.
A U.S.-brokered peace deal in 1995 ended a war in Bosnia that left at least 100,000 people dead and millions homeless, but left the country deeply divided between its three main ethnic groups
Moscow has often been accused by the West of exploiting the divisions by tacitly supporting Dodik’s separatist policies, and to destabilize Bosnia and the rest of the Balkans through its proxies in Serbia and Bosnia.
“We have the best possible relations with Russia,” Dodik said.
“Enthusiasm for the European Union is lost here.” he said. “The EU produces extra issues than it brings options. I feel that the EU has been an enormous fraud for us within the final 20 years.”
Dusan Stojanovic contributed to this report from Belgrade, Serbia.