“The President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, spoke today in Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At the beginning of the meeting, Putin wished Dodik success in the upcoming General Elections.

Putin recalled good relations and successful cooperation between Russia and Serbia. He said that relations are successfully developing in the field of economy, especially in the field of oil and oil processing.” (translated from RTRS)

“The chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic on Friday said halal products presented an opportunity for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Izetbegovic’s remarks came during his visit to Sarajevo Halal Fair 2018.

‘I have very good impressions from the fair. There are many manufacturers from all over the world. Halal products are certainly a chance for Bosnia and Herzegovina, we import 50 percent of food in Bosnia, and 50 percent of our land is unprocessed, and this land is clean, not polluted,’ said Izetbegovic.

Izetbegovic said he learned more about halal products during his visit and pointed out that Bosnia boasted a huge market for halal products.” (Anadolu)

“Bosnia’s dire unemployment and corruption problems have been driving its youth abroad for years and many believe the ethnically divisive rhetoric which has dominated the run-up to elections on Oct. 7 means things are about to get worse.

Bosnian Serb presidential candidate Milorad Dodik has been campaigning for greater autonomy and eventual secession of the Serb-dominated region, while Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Covic has called for the creation of a separate Croat-run region.

These were the issues at the core of the 1992-95 war in which 100,000 were killed. Only the Social Democratic Party candidate Denis Becirevic has made the economy one of the priorities of his election campaign.

Many in Bosnia’s business community are in despair.” (Reuters)