Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Bosnia’s Muslim, Croat leaders snub Russia’s Sergey Lavrov | Al Jazeera

Bosnia’s Muslim, Croat leaders snub Russia’s Sergey Lavrov


Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Muslim and Croat representatives in the country’s three-member presidency on Tuesday boycotted a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a major snub to Moscow’s top diplomat.



On his second day of the two-day visit to Bosnia, Lavrov was due to hold talks with all three presidency members, including Sefik Dzaferovic, a Muslim, and Zeljko Komsic, a Croat. Only the Serb member, Milorad Dodik, showed up.

Dzaferovic and Komsic said they boycotted the meeting because of what they said is Lavrov’s “disrespect” of the Bosnian state. They said Lavrov should have started his official visit in Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo, instead of first meeting Dodik in the Serb semi-autonomous half of the country on Monday.

Dodik, who is known for his staunch pro-Russian stance, has been advocating the separation of Bosnian Serbs and their joining neighbouring Serbia. Although Moscow formally does not support Bosnia’s breakup, it has never openly criticised Dodik’s separatist policies....

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