“Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik suggested on Friday that Bosnia’s Serb region and a Serb-dominated part of Kosovo should merge with Serbia, defying the stance of international peace sponsors against any border changes.

Dodik, president of post-war Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic, has long called for secession from Bosnia and lately urged Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to put the issue on the agenda when in talks with big power policymakers.

 Dodik, also popular among nationalists in Serbia, has stepped up pressure on Vucic to back his secessionist bid. But Vucic, a former nationalist now seeking to meet conditions for Serbia to join the European Union, has repeatedly said he respects Bosnia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

‘We need to open talks,’ Dodik said in an interview for the Belgrade-based private Pink television. ‘There does not have to be war, it can be resolved through political means.'” (Reuters)

 “Bosnia and Herzegovina, a tiny nation in southeastern Europe best known for its bloody war in the 1990s, might be edging closer to an armed conflict once again.A new report released Friday, “Bosnia on the Russian Chopping Block: The Potential for Violence and Steps to Prevent It,” reveals an extensive military buildup in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The document found that Russian President Vladimir Putin is supporting ethnic Serb separatists in the country to prevent Sarajevo from integrating with the West. Experts warned that this dynamic could start a Ukraine-style conflict in the heart of Europe.

The military buildup is taking place in Republika Srpska, a largely autonomous region in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where most of the population is Serbian. Local police and other security officials are receiving military-style training from Russia and amassing military equipment, according to documents reviewed by Newsweek, and increasingly look like a well-trained, well-armed military. Meanwhile, Moscow is also supporting the formation of Serbian nationalist paramilitary groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” (Newsweek)

“The Embassy of Russia in BiH commented on the case of Night Wolves whose members were banned from entering Bosnia and Herzegovina. From the Russian Embassy, ​​they emphasize that these are irresponsible attempts to artificially create tension in BiH.

They point out that the aim of the motorcycling race ‘Russian Balkans’ is the popularization of forgotten or not well-known places connected with Russian history and Russian-Serbian cultural ties.

‘Unfortunately, this ungrounded campaign includes the BiH authorities whose main task is to strengthen security, not its undermining. We emphasize that no credible evidence has been submitted for unfounded allegations at the expense of social organizations registered in Russia,’ the Embassy’s statement said Russia in BiH.

The Russian Embassy warns that ‘irresponsible activity is a threat to security, peace and stability, and not an absolutely transparent and open cultural-patriotic trip.’

‘In addition to the citizens of the Russian Federation, citizens of other Balkan countries – BiH, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Montenegro – participate in this event. Night Wolves, as a social patriotic organization, are absolutely legitimate and presented in many countries of Europe, and not only in Russia,’ the statement said.” (translated from Klix)