Less than two weeks before the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, posters on boards and walls showing Russian President Vladimir Putin as an “Eastern Alternative” for Republika Srpska have been placed around the mainly Serb town of Bratunac, near Srebrenica.
The posters were pinned up as a form of anti-EU protest against the United Kingdom-authored draft on the Srebrenica massacre in the United Nations.
Opponents of the resolution are also calling on Russia to veto the resolution in the UN Security Council.
The UK, one of the permanent members of UNSC, is drafting a resolution on the UN to honour the victims of the massacre by suggesting July 11 be a memorial day for the incidents of 1995.
President Milorad Dodik and Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic of Republika Srpska, the Serb entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of the Republic in Serbia on Friday.
Dodik stressed that the importance of support of Serbia position on the resolution over Srebrenica, adding that they feel bad about the resolution and reject it as unnecessary.
Dodik also noted the resolution threatens the stability of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the achieved level of peace and reconciliation.
Dodik told Bosnian-Serb television he intended to ask Russia, the Serb’s historical ally, to use its Security Council veto to prevent the resolution being adopted.
Prime Minister Vucic said that the Republic of Serbia will financially invest in Republika Srpska and they will continue to work for stabilisation and integration of infrastructures of the region.
President Tomislav Nikolic told reporters after the meeting that he urged Mladen Ivanic, the chairman of the presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, to schedule a session of the Bosnia-Herzegovina presidency to bring a position on the resolution that is against Republika Srpska.
The Bosnian War between 1992-1995 left more than 200,000 people - mostly Muslim Bosniaks. In the last year of the war, 8,372 Bosniak civilians in Srebrenica, including children and elderly, were massacred by Serb forces.