Bosnian Serb President Opposes NATO Membership, Blocks New Helicopters

Milorad Dodik, president of the Republic of Srpska (Republika Srpska: RS), one of the two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia-Herzegovina, has called for a referendum on NATO membership and is blocking funding of a new helicopter. The call came after the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 24 August agreed the 2018 budgetary...

Milorad Dodik, president of the Republic of Srpska (Republika Srpska: RS), one of the two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia-Herzegovina, has called for a referendum on NATO membership and is blocking funding of a new helicopter.

The call came after the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 24 August agreed the 2018 budgetary framework. This contains a BAM65 million (USD39.5 million) increase requested by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) for the procurement of two new medium transport helicopters and two fire extinguishing systems for air force and air defence brigade light multipurpose helicopters.

Dodik said that RS will block the adoption of the Global Fiscal Framework necessary for the further funding of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oružane Snage Bosne i Hercegovine: OSBiH).

Source: www.janes.com