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Meeting with Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Milorad Dodik

January 17, 2019, Belgrade

Vladimir Putin met in Belgrade with Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Milorad Dodik.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: I am delighted to meet with you again and to have this opportunity to congratulate you on your election as Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency.

Our relations are developing very well. I am familiar with the projects we are implementing in various fields. I hope we will have an opportunity to discuss some of them, even if in brief.

I am glad to meet with you again.

Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Milorad Dodik (retranslated): I am also pleased to meet with you again and to be able to welcome you.

Thank you for your congratulations. We have scored a very good election result.

We are still in the process of shaping Bosnia’s government agencies. Of course, there are quite a few problems. As it always happens in Bosnia, conditions have been put forth. Bosniaks say they will agree to anything if we adopt a policy of joining NATO, but we, the Serbian part, do not accept this. In other words, it will take us time to make use of our election results.

The establishment of all bodies of power has been completed in Republika Srpska, and they are operating normally. But the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a whole remains at the level of a technical mandate. Some people there are not satisfied with their results, which is why the process is taking time.

I would like to express our satisfaction with the progress of the projects we previously discussed and coordinated. We hope that we will remain involved in the TurkStream project, just as we were involved in South Stream. We have the necessary documents, all the engineering documents, for this.


January 17, 2019, Belgrade