The ”spectre of war” is hanging over Bosnia, said Al Jazeera in a documentary titled ‘Testing the Peace’.
“Now with Ukraine on fire and Europe on high alert for Russian meddling elsewhere, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik is threatening to secede, raising the prospect of conflict once more,” said Al Jazeera in its documentary — see YouTube below.
Dodik is one of the three rotating presidents of Bosnia.
He represents the orthodox Christian Serbs in his country’s tripartite presidency. The two other presidents each represent Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats.
Unlike the Muslim and Catholic Bosnian presidents, however, Dodik did not condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Bosnia is teetering “on the verge of conflict”, said Al Jazeera in its documentary above released online four days ago, as ethnic Serbian nationalists “could once again engulf the western Balkans in bloodshed”.
Last week, the UK slapped sanctions on Dodik as well as on his fellow Serb, Zeljka Cvijanovic, who is president of Republika Srpska — the Serbian half of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The British government accused the two Serb leaders of “attempts to undermine the legitimacy and functionality of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
BELOW: Foreign Secretary of the UK, Liz Truss, alleges that Dodik threatens security across the western Balkans
Just Announced: Today I have sanctioned two politicians for deliberately undermining peace in Bosnia & Herzegovina… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Liz Truss (@trussliz) April 11, 2022
Nato too is accusing Russia of deliberately promoting “destabilising activity” in Europe, with the US and the UK taking a particularly belligerent stance against President Putin.
‘With friends like the Yanks and Brits, Bosnia doesn’t need enemies’ — read HERE
British newspaper The Independent recently ran a headline which blared ‘Russia claims Bosnia could suffer same fate as Ukraine if it decides to join Nato’.
The paper on March 17 quoted Russia’s ambassador to Bosnia, Igor Kalabukhov, as saying: “Ukraine’s example shows what we expect. Should there be any threat, we will respond”.
Ambassador Kalabukhov has also said in the past that Nato is an enemy of his country.
Russia warns that any attempt by Bosnia to join Nato will be regarded as “an act of hostility”. For decades Moscow has complained in vain about Nato bringing its weapons infrastructure closer and closer to Russian borders.
Nato sec-gen Jens Stoltenberg clapped back saying the transatlantic defence pact will be doing more for Bosnia’s security, reported the Sarajevo Times on Apr 6.
Stoltenberg considers Bosnia to be vulnerable to Russian threats (see tweet above).
It was not too long ago that the multicultural, multi-religious Bosnia was in the midst of a civil war.
A risk of the country breaking up and descending into war is ever present. As recently as two months ago, the Economist headline on Feb 12 reminded us ‘Bosnia is on the brink of falling apart again’.
This very vulnerability of Bosnia is a financial windfall making its MPs among “the richest in Europe” — thanks to the wonderful diversity that renders Bosnian politics such a lucrative, sprawling enterprise.
The more multikulti, the more money for enterprising politicians. And the more war, the more money for the military industrial complex.