The representative of the Greens in the European Parliament, Romeo Franz, is in charge of relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Kosovo.
Jhis German talked about the current security challenges of our country and the Western Balkans, the similarities between Ukraine and BiH, and also whether the destabilization of this region is in Vladimir Putin’s interest.
Threats from Russia
How do you see the current situation in BiH and do officials, media, and analysts are right when they say that this country is close to new conflicts?
”BiH is currently going through a deep political crisis, which could lead to a potential conflict. It’s no secret that Russian Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin has long focused on the Western Balkans. European influence bothers him and that is why he does everything to oppose this influence. He supports the Serbian leader in Republika Srpska (RS)as well as President Aleksandar VuvsIvs in Serbia, and in the European Union (EU) he found a faithful ally in Viktor Orban.
Sanctions for Dodik
Milorad Dodik does not show himself ready to give up withdrawing state powers. Will he be punished or is such a mindset changing in the EU?
”For the moment, it seems that Mr. Dodik is not to give up its intentions of secession, which aim to separate the RS from the state. He continue with his decisions and amendments to the law, with devastating consequences for the entire population of BiH. We want sanctions for him and his supporters. Parliament has asked for it several times. Hungary has so far blocked all sanctions in the Council. Sir. Orban openly supports Dodik and they are both friends of Putin. I hope Orban loses the elections in early April, and if not, we will have to abolish unanimity in the Council for such sanctions in the future. It is unacceptable that Orban dictates EU foreign policy and thus participates in the destabilization of the Western Balkans.”
Putin is a criminal
How important is it for Serbia, as for all European countries, to openly state its position on Russia’s attack on Ukraine to the end?
”Its very important. This is not a war between two belligerents sides. It is an aggressive war by Russia against the territorial integrity of a country and a war against its people. War crimes are being committed there. I agree with the American president, Putin is a dictator and a war criminal! This is why it is important to clearly denounce the Kremlin leader and to support the joint measures that the EU is taking, together with its allies, in response to the war. seenvsIvsit’s position is unacceptable. He cannot want EU membership on one side and be in the arms of Putin on the other. Now he has to make a decision, and that means that he must support the sanctions against Russia. To knowAleksandar Vu’s SNSvsIvs belongs to the family of the European People’s Party and we, the Greens, call on the ENP Presidency to take responsibility and ensure that all its brother parties choose the right democratic choice and take decisions with all their consequences. This also applies to VuvsIthis his party !”, Avaz writing.
Many see the solution to all security challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accelerated membership in NATO and the EU. How realistic is it to wait?
”BiH’s future lies in EU membership and it will join NATO if the state wishes. there is no doubt. Ad hoc EU membership or an accelerated procedure for Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be possible, as the conditions for EU membership must not be weakened. On the contrary, they must become more effective and stronger. This can only be achieved through intensive accession negotiations, which will ultimately lead to the implementation of the EU acquis. This applies to all applicants for EU membership.”