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President of the Republika Srpska: «The will of the Crimean people should be respected»

The President of the Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik paid a visit to Moscow. In an interview with “Izvestia” he emphasized that Crimea moved to Russia on the basis of the referendum, and the will of the people should be respected.

"The Crimean issue is settled. The West does not recognize the will of the Crimean people, but at the same time they recognize the will of the political elite in Kosovo, where a referendum was not even held”, - he said. Details>>

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

Yelena Sutormina

06.03.2017 10:10

Yelena Sutormina

“Times change, and there are voices heard more and more often in Europe that contradict to the official Brussels’ position. For example, just a couple of days ago Frederica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was met in the Serbian parliament with slogans in support of Russia and against the EU.

As for the Republika Srpska, its President has very accurately noted the policy of double standards led by the West. The Anti-Russian rhetoric slows down, and more and more politicians declare that the Crimean people solved the “Crimean issue” independently by having chosen reunification with Russia at the referendum. We are united by our common past, and one should admit that Crimea is part of Russia, so it was and now it will always be like this.

Milorad Dodik was right to describe the situation around the sanctions in the following way: indeed, Russia has become more active in developing its own economy, having got stronger, so the sanctions have a boomerang effect and their cancellation is for the benefit of Europe. He said that the sentiment in support of lifting sanctions is growing in the EU countries, because they suffer great economic losses themselves. The European business needs Russian markets. And the Obama policy of enforcing sanctions leads to a dead end, and an increasing number of Europeans understand this”.

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