The Russian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has said it will “react to this hostile act” if the country moves towards joining NATO.
In a statement published on Thursday, the Embassy said that the purpose of NATO is to “fight against Russia” and will force Sarajevo to pick sides in the so-called “military-political confrontation.”
NATO and European Union membership are long-term strategic goals of BiH. Despite this, the Bosnian Serbs, led by pro-Russian Milord Dodik who chairs the country’s tripartite presidency, says BiH should remain neutral and stay out of the US-led alliance.
BiH, Serbia, and Kosovo are the only three Western Balkan countries that remain outside of NATO. North Macedonia was the latest to join in 2020.