Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik has sent a letter to editor-in-chief of the Guardian newspapers, Katharine Sophie Viner, denying that Srpska officials in any way support or tolerate paramilitary units within the borders of Republika Srpska, and warned that this is about recycled stories detrimental to stability in BiH.
“An article entitled “Trained Mercenaries from Russia Support Bosnian Serb Separatists” published in the Guardian on January 12 caused significant irritations in Republika Srpska and BiH. We are concerned about the fact that such newspapers as the famous Guardian quoted a newspaper site from Sarajevo, without seriously checking the fact or requesting comments from the Republika Srpska administration.
The recycled story poses a risk to the stability and security of BiH, a post-war country that is still in the process of overcoming its recent past,” Dodik has said in a letter.
He has said that “it is worth mentioning that the BiH Minister of Security and a member of the opposition in Republika Srpska, Dragan Mektic, neither presents evidence nor proves the positions expressed in the article with evidence”.