Russian Embassy in BiH: Washington blames us for everything

A handout photo made available by the press service of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bisera Turkovic (R) during their meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 December 2020. [EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY]

The  Russian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina said on Thursday it closely followed the statements by US ambassador Eric Nelson and special envoy for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer who, according to the embassy, blamed Russia for all the troubles BiH has and for undermining the stability of BiH and the whole region, N1 reported.

“We can only comment on such conclusions using one saying by [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergey Lavrov: ‘It’s good that they don’t blame us for the murder of Franz Ferdinand’,” the embassy said

The embassy considered Palmer’s statement confirming that the US supports the creation of a “greater BiH” to be “very interesting”, commenting that such attributes usually mean redrawing borders. “We have noticed an omission in the speech but the omissions in the Balkan conditions are usually not observed. When one speaks about something ‘greater’, they refer exactly to the redrawing of borders,” it added.

The US embassy on Thursday announced, answering the question from daily Avaz, that Washington “supports the key role of the High Representative in monitoring and supporting the implementation of the civilian aspect of the Dayton Peace Agreement.”

The Embassy also stressed that as a member of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council, the United States would support the candidacy of Christian Schmidt.

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