The United States supports the aspirations of Bosnia and Herzegovina to join NATO
Moscow. 17 Dec. INTERFAX.RU — Deputy U.S. Secretary of state John Sullivan said that Washington supports the aspirations of Bosnia and Herzegovina to join NATO, adding that the American side will respond harshly to any attempt of destabilization in the country.
“We discussed the US position that is unwavering as well as they were before, and she is to support decisions about NATO membership,” said Sullivan after his meeting with the three presidents of the Presidium of the country.
The President is part of Bosnia and Herzegovina Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik who hold Pro-Russian views, has repeatedly called to ensure that the country remained neutral and did not seek membership in NATO.
In December, NATO invited Bosnia to join the action Plan on membership in the Alliance, who for ten years were blocked by the Serbs.
“I had the opportunity to report (Sullivan) that the consensus in NATO is not, that the Republika Srpska is not ready to continue to move in this direction, putting the national Assembly resolution on military neutrality”, — quotes words of the head of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik RTRS TV channel.
At the same time, Dodik said that the Republika Srpska supports the continuation of the movement of Bosnia and Herzegovina on its European path.
In turn, Sullivan noted that the U.S. is “very serious about the decision taken by the government (Bosnia and Herzegovina) membership in NATO.”
“We want no country interfered in the Affairs of the government of a sovereign country,” said Sullivan. According to him, “the US government will react harshly to any threat to the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
In 2017, the American administration has made Dodik in the sanctions list over calls to separate Republika Srpska from Bosnia and Herzegovina.