Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia and Herzegovina leaders said on Sunday that former US President Donald Trump will return to power and Serbs will “make the right world situation” to reach their goal of leaving Bosnia. “Wait,” he said. He called it an “unsustainable state.”
Milorad Dodik, a rare European official who has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin since the Ukrainian War began in late February, commented at a rally to mark the beginning of the bloody collapse of Bosnia 30 years ago.
Bosnia experienced a devastating war between 1992 and 1995, killing more than 100,000 people before the US-mediated peace treaty ended the conflict.
The peace treaty, also known as the Dayton Agreement, created the substance of the Bosnian Serbs and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was signed by a joint Bosnia agency and three presidents to which Dodik is a member.
Russia’s war in Ukraine has raised concerns that turmoil could spread to the volatile Balkans. On the Balkans, Russia maintains a strong influence among the Slavs and Serbs.
Dodik, who has led the drive of Bosnian Serbian separatists, said he was confident that Serbs would soon make important decisions about their destiny in Bosnia. He also expressed his hope that Trump would once again lead the United States.
“For the first time in history, Serbs are waiting for time,” Dodik said. “We need to be patient and understand time. Europe is inevitably confused by its internal problems. I pray to God that Donald Trump will regain power in the United States.”
During his presidency, Trump rarely opposed Bosnian Serbs’ continued attempts to destabilize Bosnia. After Joe Biden took office, Dodik received US and British sanctions over his declared goal of splitting about half of Bosnia and joining neighboring Serbia.
Dodik said he met Putin in Russia earlier this month and was proud to meet him on Sunday.
“He told me only one thing, and it was” we haven’t left our friends. ” It is the Russians who have not harmed us, “Dodik said.
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