18 June 202023:28

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with Milorad Dodik, Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgrade, June 18, 2020

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Thank you for accepting the invitation from President of Russia Vladimir Putin to come to Moscow and attend the Victory Parade. We are looking forward to seeing you there next week.

On the whole, we will continue to cooperate in the interests of fulfilling the Dayton Agreements. We greatly value your principled approach in support of this highly important document of the international community in full compliance with UN Security Council decisions that approved it. We can see that not everyone likes this, but, just like in many other cases, we will insist that all these agreements are honoured.

Today, many people want to revise the Dayton Agreements and UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the domestic Ukrainian conflict and many others. Indicatively, these attempts are initiated by countries who strive to disregard international law and urge others to comply with some rules that should become the cornerstone of the international order. We will staunchly defend international legality, and urge and demand that all parties to earlier agreements should unfailingly honour them.

Of course, today it will be useful to discuss the state of relations between the Russian Federation and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We have made great headway in our economic, energy, cultural and humanitarian cooperation with the Republika Srpska. 

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