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Russia opposes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to NATO

April 24, 15:31 UTC+3 BANJA LUKA

Russia calls against militarization of European countries

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BANJA LUKA, April 24. /TASS/. Russia calls against militarization of European countries, including the accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to NATO, Federation Council (upper house) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Tuesday after meeting with President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik.

"Russia’s position is consistent, open and clear: we oppose NATO’s expansion into Europe and are against militarization of European countries and creation of division lines. We believe this worsens the security situation on the European continent," Matviyenko said answering a question about Russia’s stance on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to NATO.

According to Matviyenko, "security can be only one and undivided for all countries and European security is impossible without Russia like Russia’s security is impossible without Europe." "Therefore, we are making every effort to hold dialogue with our partners and we are explaining our position."

"We continue calling for a single political and economic field, a security field from Lisbon to Vladivostok so that our common and united European house should be prosperous and safe, and this can be done only by joint efforts of European countries," she stressed.

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