June 23, 2014
TheSrpskaTimes

The cooperation between Srpska and the Russian Federation is at its highest level, said the President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik. He added that he will meet with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, at the end of September.

“I expect to have a new meeting with the Russian President, and on that occasion we will analyse everything that we agreed on and did and will pave the way for new projects which will enable the further development of our cooperationl,” Dodik told reporters after a meeting with a delegation of Russian officials on their visit to the capital of Srpska.

Dodik said that he spoke with the Russian delegation about ways to widen the cooperation between Republika Srpska and Russia in education and culture.

“We have heard excellent ideas and prospects for our students to go to universities in Russia as part of the presidential programme. We also heard of the possibility of students getting a specialised education and for the Russian Orthodox Gymnasium to cooperate with schools in Republika Srpska,” Dodik said.

He stressed that efforts will be made to realize these plans.

Dodik thanked the Russian Federation, the Office of the President, his staff and all the people in that country who donated funds for the erection of the monument to Tsar Nicholas II, which was unveiled in Banjaluka on Friday.

“It was a great debt that the Serbian people had towards Tsar Nicholas II, for he did not abandon Serbia at the beginning of the Great War, which for Serbia and the Serbs was a period of great loss,” Dodik said.

The Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Igor Shogolev, who led the Russian delegation, said that the monument to Tsar Nicholas II in Banjaluka is the first in history erected to this Russian Tsar in Europe outside Russia.

“We thank Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik for this initiative and for the support he gave towards the realization of this project. It is a very symbolic gesture which underscores the long-standing friendship between the Russian and Serbian peoples in our world, which is no wise is simple,” Shogolev said.

According to him, it is a symbol of the friendship between the two peoples, not only in the past, but also in times to come.

Shogolev stressed that the ties between Russia and Srpska are being developed intensively particularly in the economic and political sense.