“Highest Medal of Honor”… A European leader honors Putin “for his love and care”

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik on Sunday awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin the highest honor in recognition of his “patriotic concern and love” for the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia.

“Putin is responsible for developing and strengthening cooperation and political and friendly relations between Republika Srpska and Russia,” Dodik, the Bosnian Serb president, said at the awards ceremony in Banja Luka, the Bosnian Serb stronghold.

Dodik, who met Putin last September in Moscow, maintained close relations with the Russian president, despite From the war in Ukrainea. The medal will be presented to Putin during the next meeting between the two leaders.

The West has long accused Moscow of seeking to undermine the stability of Bosnia and other countries in the Balkans through its proxies in Serbia and Bosnia.

And Dodik publicly supported the separation of the fissure that Serb control in Bosnia For the Bosnian Croat Federation to join its neighbor Serbia.

A US-brokered peace deal in 1995 ended a war that left at least 100,000 dead and millions homeless in Bosnia, but left the country deeply divided between its three main ethnic groups.

The West accuses Moscow of exploiting divisions Through its tacit support for Dodik’s separatist policies.

Dodik Putin was awarded the Medal on the occasion of “Republika Srpska Day”, which the Constitutional Court in Bosnia deemed illegal.

This coincides with the day that the Bosnian Serbs announced their secession from Bosnia in 1992, with the aim of separating the Serb-inhabited areas of the Balkan country and annexing them to Serbia.

Tensions have risen in Bosnia recently due to Serbs planning to hold their main celebrations, tomorrow, Monday, in the outskirts of Sarajevo, the city they besieged for three years during the war. Thousands of people were killed in the fierce bombing and sniping of the Bosnian capital at the time.

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