"Let's make it clear: we have never talked about the separation of Republika Srpska from Bosnia with [Russian President] Putin, it's all a lie, and the lie on purpose in order to demonize Russia again. Officials in Moscow told us: you have a constitution, there is international law, and we will support you in your aspirations to have your rights observed. And nobody said ‘Mr Dodik, when you organize a [secession] referendum, how can we help?’ All of these are speculations," Dodik said.
Dodik stressed that it was upon Republika Srpska to decide on the possibility of the referendum on the entity’s separation from Bosnia.
"We will consider the possibility of a referendum, I would not like to speculate on this subject now, but I will not stop thinking about it," Dodik stressed.
Bosnia is made up of two autonomies – Serbian-majority Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina dominated by Bosniaks and Croats – as well as the Brcko district. The union state is governed by a three-member presidency.