Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) didn’t ask anyone, including NATO, for any special conditions and measures for it, Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik said yesterday, stressing that NATO doesn’t play any role and is not a guardian of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Commenting on correspondence between Foreign Minister in the Council of Ministers Bisera Turković and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, he told Srna that it is obviously another abuse.

He has emphasized that Turković has no authority in the field of defense, neither externally nor internally, and that the only competent place for communication with NATO and other countries on military issues is the BiH Presidency, which was bypassed this time.

“This is a swindle of the Muslim side which is trying to ensure that it is the only one representing BiH, which, of course, is not true”, Dodik said.

Dodik has said that Stoltenberg should know this as well.

“If he doesn’t know, then he has been silently dragged into a correspondence about it”, Dodik said and pointed out that BiH didn’t ask anyone, including NATO, for any kind of special conditions and measures for it.

He has pointed out that the participation of the Defense Minister in the Council of Ministers, Sifet Podžić, in some earlier consultations does not mean a decision of BiH.

“In this regard also, the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina are absolutely being ignored”, said Dodik and emphasized that this is why he is surprised when Stoltenberg talks about the sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which, as he says, has been drastically destroyed and called into question.

Dodik pointed out that Bosnia and Herzegovina did not ask for any additional measures, nor does the malignant influence which they are talking about exist in it.

“There is the influence of other countries in all of this. Bosnia and Herzegovina is not in any contractual relationship with NATO. There is a Reform Plan, but it is a plan of the bodies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, not a contractual relationship with the Alliance, so in this respect, the claim that Bosnia and Herzegovina is on the Atlantic path doesn’t stand. That is absolutely not true”, Dodik emphasized.

He explained that attempts to repeat it, regardless of the specific situation on the ground, absolutely only go in the direction of imposing that situation, which, as he repeated, is not possible.

“The Presidency of BiH established the Reform Plan, and that is the only point of contact with NATO. NATO has no role in BiH, it is not the guardian of its territorial integrity and sovereignty”, said Dodik.

Dodik assessed that it is obvious that in this way, NATO is endangering it.

“Taking into account everything that was said in that correspondence, it is absolutely clear that they are trying to bypass the official bodies of BiH responsible for defense and that in this respect NATO is acting unilaterally, together with the Muslims in BiH. That certainly cannot lead to good things”, said Dodik.

He pointed out that the political assessments about separatism and some other things are just unskilled empty rhetoric in order to, allegedly, obtain some right “for their actions.”

“It is the same with this story about some Russian malignant influence. Everyone knows that there is no such influence. There is a relationship in which the Russian Federation is respected as much as other countries, including those that are members of NATO”, said Dodik.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency pointed out that, even if there is some influence, it is the influence, and quite malignant, of the collective West, which, as he said, instead of implementing the Dayton Agreement, destroyed the Dayton Agreement and the constitutional order of BiH.

“I think that this is the destructive influence of the West and that these things can be discussed in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Dodik said.

Dodik rejected any possibility that Turković’s letter to the Secretary General of NATO has an official character, because she is, as he says, an unofficial person who has given herself the right to communicate on behalf of Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“She has been doing it for a long time. Nothing she has done in the last two years is for the benefit of BiH, but for the benefit of Muslims in BiH, but even that does not produce results. And I would ask Stoltenberg and others, who participate in such a see-through game, to understand that this is a direct threat to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, emphasized Dodik.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a letter to Turković that NATO “will continue to cooperate with BiH and other international partners in order to preserve stability and promote reforms in BiH”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Council of Ministers announced today.

In his response to Turković’s letter in which she “informed him about the challenges BiH is facing in connection with current events in Europe and the region,” Stoltenberg noted that NATO strongly and unequivocally supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of BiH, as well as the functionality of its institutions.

He feels that the conflict in Ukraine, as he says, has fundamentally undermined European security and that NATO is, therefore, “ready to continue supporting partners who may be exposed to malignant influence and pressure, in order to strengthen their resilience”.

“NATO is developing a set of measures, specially tailored for Bosnia and Herzegovina, in accordance with your needs”, said the NATO Secretary General.