Dodik divides EU, Hungary against German sanctions proposal
Hungary will use its veto in the European Union (EU) institutions on any possible sanctions proposal against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s presidency member Milorad Dodik.
This was stated by the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, in response to the warning of the new German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, that Dodik will face sanctions if he continues with his policy that promotes the partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Szijjarto published the reaction on his official Facebook profile, where he justified this position with the geographical proximity of Hungary to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“We are concerned about such statements, because Bosnia and Herzegovina is close to us, maintaining stability and peace in the country is our basic security interest. Berlin is further away, but not so far away that you can never fly to Banja Luka from there. Negotiate. Talk to Serbs. With them, not for them. Maybe this will help you understand the situation,” Szijarto wrote.
Otherwise, Dodik has warned that he will withdraw Bosnia and Herzegovina ethnic Serbs from joint administrative, financial and military institutions, a step that would separate Republika Srpska from the Bosnian federation.
A few weeks ago, meanwhile, TheGeopost portal wrote that Szijjarto had received a decoration from Russian President Vladimir Putin. In fact, he was honored by the Russian Prime Minister with the Order of Friendship, in recognition of his “great contribution to the development of bilateral relations for industrial and investment cooperation.” The decree was published on the official portal of Russia’s legal information.