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Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said yesterday that in the era and culture of holding a referendum, the Serb people will most likely get a chance to hold a referendum to define its strategic positions, not only in terms of accession to NATO.
Dodik told reporters that a referendum on NATO membership entails the obligation for the politicians in and from Srpska.
He has stressed that the Serb people did not heal all the wounds caused by the NATO bombing, and cannot forget that the NATO positioned itself against the Serbs in BiH and Kosovo.
“The people in Srpska will definitely opt whether to access NATO or not by a referendum,” Dodik said adding that those who say that such a referendum cannot be called are wrong.
He has stressed that Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot join the NATO without Srpska’s decision, which is an issue that is tried to be resolved through the constitutional changes.
“Individually, we cannot accept manipulations regarding the posting of military property and we said there were nearly no problems with sites located in Republika Srpska, but the varieties of small and large scams that we have experienced in the past, need to be stopped,” said Dodik .
Dodik has recalled that it was announced in 2013 that the issue of military property would be resolved in the context of total military assets, which would be enough to start the NATO Membership Action Plan /MAP/, or the path towards the NATO accession.
He has said that NATO has further polarised in recent years into a function of something that could cause damage to Republika Srpska and the Serb people or exposed them to certain problems.
“NATO entering into a confrontation, primarily with Russia, puts us in a position to choose sides and I think we should not choose side, especially not against Russia, in a possible, hypothetically speaking, conflict” said Dodik.
According to him, the meeting in Warsaw, which will be held in a few days, will apparently serve additional polarisation of the relations between the West and the NATO – Russia.