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'Europe Has Suffered the Most From Sanctions It Imposed on Russia'

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the mediabankStand of the Roskosmos state corporation in the Expoforum exhibition center before the opening of the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Stand of the Roskosmos state corporation in the Expoforum exhibition center before the opening of the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum - Sputnik International
In an interview with Radio Sputnik Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, said that meeting with Russian and Chinese leaders just two days apart was a “a special privilege.”

“Europe has suffered the most from the sanctions it imposed on Russia. All those politicians, economists, industrialists, financiers and media people who gathered at the recent international economic forum in St. Petersburg had a chance to see that Russia has adapted to the new reality. They spoke about China, India, Pakistan and Iran joining the Eurasian Union to form an association of four billion people.”

Speaking about his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade, Milorad Dodik said that it gave an additional boost to the already productive cooperation between his country and leading Chinese companies.

“We view China and Russia as some of our most significant economic partners,” Dodik said. “We want to work with China on several projects: the construction of a thermal station in Gacko and on a highway to connect Banja-Luke with Bijelina.”

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Milorad Dodik said that his meeting with President Xi Jinping was an excellent opportunity to thank China for its principled policy of support for Republika Srpska.

“Chinese politicians simply want the rights of other nations to be respected. They do not interfere in the internal affairs of foreign countries, like some the Western powers do. Such meddling usually complicates things in those countries, while giving [the Western countries] a reason to stay there for decades, if not centuries,” Dodik added.

Mentioning the recent economic forum in St. Petersburg he said that the way it was organized spoke volumes about Russia’s rebounding after Western sanctions, which though caused certain damage to the Russian economy, eventually have cause more damage to Europe itself.

Speaking about his country’s cooperation with Russia and the EU Milorad Dodik said that Republika Srpska will never scale down its partnership with Moscow.

“Unlike Europe, Russia has always been holding out for the fullest possible implementation of the provisions of the Dayton peace accords. Geographically, we are part of Europe and share much of its values. However, Europe has changed and there is much fear about a possible Brexit. Just what Europe will look like in future remains anyone’s guess. One thing is clear: we must stick with our trusty partner Russia no matter what,” Milorad Dodik said in conclusion.

Milorad Dodik took part in the recent International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg and later met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade.

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