“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied Western allegations that Moscow was interfering in the affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina, even as he met with the leaders of Republika Srpska in the entity’s capital.

Lavrov met in Banja Luka on September 21 with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic.

Lavrov also met with officials in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, although Dacic did not participate in those talks.

Lavrov told reporters that Russia respects Bosnia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and is not interfering in the country’s national elections set for October 7.” (RFE/RL)

“Russia supports the peace accords that ended Bosnia’s war in the 1990s and the country’s territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday amid a Bosnian Serb leader’s calls for secession of a Serb-run region from Bosnia.

Lavrov arrived in Bosnia two weeks before Bosnia’s national election, a visit described by local media as a show of support for Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, even though the Russian said he was not making a recommendation as to who to vote for.

Dodik, who is running for a Serb seat in Bosnia’s inter-ethnic presidency, is campaigning on a ticket of a wider autonomy of the Serb Republic that he currently presides over and its ultimate secession from Bosnia.” (Reuters)

“Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and BiH Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak signed Friday here a Consultation Plan between the two ministries for 2019 and 2020, defining common activities.After the signing ceremony, Lavrov and his counterpart Crnadak addressed the journalists by saying that there is a mutual interest for improvement in cooperation, especially because the foreign trade is significantly increased due to exports to Russia, and investment projects of Russian companies are being implemented in BiH.” (Sarajevo Times)

“Construction of Sarajevo-Belgrade highway is not only important for Bosnia and Serbia but for the entire region, ministers of the two countries agreed at a meeting held in Belgrade on Friday.

Serbia’s Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlovic and representatives of Turkish Tasyapi company signed a framework agreement on Friday which encompasses among other projects the project of Belgrade-Sarajevo highway construction. Mihajlovic explained that contracts on three infrastructural projects will come from this agreement.

‘The first one is Novi Pazar-Tutin road rehabilitation. I believe within six months we’re going to have workers on this road, the road that will cost us at least EUR 20 million, and the section is 22.5 kilometres long,’ said the minister.” (N1)

“Focusing on the programme issues and solutions that go along with the process of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to the European Union (EU) is a priority, Croat member of Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency Dragan Covic said Friday during the meeting with UK Ambassador Matthew Field.

In that sense, it is necessary for the institutions at all levels of authority to continue the undisturbed implementation of reform with a special emphasis on those related to Bosnia’s European road, Covic added.

Bosnia’s Presidency member also pointed out the importance of protecting the principle of legitimate representation of Bosnia’s constituent peoples at all levels of authority regardless of the fact that electoral reform in the country has not been carried out.” (N1)