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The head of Republika Srpska ruled out Bosnia and Herzegovina joining NATO.

The head of Republika Srpska ruled out Bosnia and Herzegovina joining NATO.

Republika Srpska Bosnia and Herzegovina (RS BiH) allows cooperation with NATO, but opposes BiH membership in the alliance,  RS BiH President Milorad Dodik said.

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at a meeting with Montenegrin Prime Minister Milojko Spajic on Friday, said that ambassadors from all NATO countries would visit Sarajevo next week, calling it “a demonstration of strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of BiH.”

 

“Our position on NATO is that cooperation is OK, but our policy does not imply NATO membership for well-known reasons that do not need to be explained, they are related to the past of our relations,” Dodik noted at a joint press conference during a visit to Banya -Luka of Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó.

The President of the Republic of Serbia recalled in mid-April that the authorities of the Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina are opposed to BiH joining NATO. Earlier, the Assembly (Parliament) of the RS BiH approved a corresponding resolution.


Dodik said on March 24, the 24th anniversary of the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, that the West demands that the Serbs forget the NATO bombing, and the EU only issues ultimatums to Serbia. The leader of the Bosnian Serbs emphasized that the Banja Luka Clinical University Center is still receiving children with cancer resulting from airstrikes almost thirty years ago. NATO aircraft bombed Bosnian Serb army positions and radio and television transmitters using depleted uranium in August – September 1995 during the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, killing over 150 civilians.