Orban Confirms Hungary Assists Bosnia’s RS Entity with €100 Million

Hungary is providing Bosnia’s semi-autonomous Republika Srpska (RS) entity with 100 million euros in financial assistance as part of its efforts to enhance stability in the region, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban confirmed for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

According to BIRN, Orban described Serbia and Republika Srpska as “key to the stability of the Western Balkans” and expressed support for BiH tripartite Presidency member, Milorad Dodik.

The new German Government recently called on the EU to introduce sanctions against Dodik over his efforts to withdraw the RS entity from a number of BiH institutions and for its own, separate ones. Orban urged the new German government to integrate the region into the EU rather than punish it, arguing that such moves could lead to bigger problems, BIRN reported. “Let me point out that the Bosnian border is only 70 to 80 kilometers from our southern border, and any conflict could spill over to Hungary”, he said.

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