Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Serbian leader says he hopes Trump returns to power

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina ( Associated Press) — The Bosnian Serb leader said on Sunday he expects former US President Donald Trump to return to power, and is “waiting for the right global conditions” for the Serb to reach his objective of separation. will do. Bosnia, which he described as an “unstable state”.

Milorad Dodi, one of the few European officials to have held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin since the war broke out in Ukraine in late February, made his remarks last week at a meeting to mark the start of Bosnia’s bloody breakup.

Bosnia suffered a devastating war between 1992 and 1995, in which more than 100,000 people died before a US-brokered peace agreement ended the conflict.

The peace agreement, also known as the Dayton Agreement, linked Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Croat entities to joint Bosnian institutions and led to a tripartite presidency, of which Dodi is a member.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has raised fears that the unrest could spread to the Balkans, where Russia has maintained a strong influence.

Dodi, who led a separatist campaign from Bosnian Serbs, said he was confident Serbs would soon make important decisions about their fate in Bosnia. He also expressed hope that Trump would rule the United States again.

“For the first time in history, Serbs are looking forward to this moment,” said Dodik. “We must be patient, understand the times. Europe is inevitably confused by its internal problems. I pray to God that Donald Trump comes back to power in America.”

During his presidency, Trump rarely spoke out against the ongoing Bosnian Serb efforts to destabilize Bosnia. After Joe Biden became president, Dodik was ratified by the United States and Britain for his stated goal of dividing Bosnia and uniting nearly half of it with neighboring Serbia.

Dodik met Putin in Russia this month and said on Sunday he was proud of the meeting.

“They told me only one thing, and that was: ‘We’re not going to leave our friends.’ The Russians have done us no harm,” Dodik said.

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