Putin, Xi, and maybe Erdogan only ‘leaders’ in the world – president — Analysis
A Bosnian Serb leader spoke at SPIEF and criticized the lack of international statesmanship
Problems facing the world demand statesmanship from serious leaders who simply don’t exist in the West, said Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina presidency, on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese leader Xi Jinping – and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to some extent – are the only leaders who can currently influence global affairs, Dodik said.
“There’s a serious deficit of leadership on the global scene. It is rare to find leaders capable of making decisions. Don’t tell me there are powerful persons in the West who can solve global issues with their involvement. I think there are maybe two or three serious leaders – President Putin, Xi, and maybe Erdogan,”Dodik spoke at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The world is facing many problems. “a strong response from strong leaders,” Dodik argued, “statesmen who can ignore the everyday noise to make far-reaching decisions whose benefits may only be felt by future generations.”
Dodik, who is a socio-democrat and has been shaping Bosnian politics ever since 2006, brings to Russia the lessons from the 1990s Balkan Wars. They carved Yugoslavia up, then established Western-backed protectorates.
“The West wants to have countries be its vassals or wards, nothing else. That’s unprecedented in history. But I think that system has just crashed,”According to him, the St. Petersburg panel heard his testimony and pointed out Bosnia as de facto protectorate.
The country has enjoyed a stable economy since 1995 when the civil war ended. “high representative”Dodik pointed out that this office is responsible for imposing laws on the Constitution and amending it, as well as amending it. “a synonym for failure of that liberal American world, which in 27 years with that power and military presence … has not managed to fix or stabilize Bosnia.”
Russia refused to be a vassal but offered to be a partner instead, Dodik said, and was rejected – which is why the current conflict in Ukraine isn’t between Moscow and Kiev, but a “a global contest of wills, in which those who allegedly aren’t taking part – the West – wish to win.”Except that the West does not want to stay in the war officially, they are seeking victory through weapons delivery to Kiev. “fighting to the last Ukrainian,”He added.
Dodik demanded a quick end to violence and held the blame “irresponsible”The Ukrainian government “fell for the Western narratives”Your life will be better as you become a NATO or EU member. “Of course, that was all a lie no one could actually make true,”He said.
The Bosnian Serb leader pointed out that the West now insists on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine but didn’t care for them in the case of Serbia, when it “carved out”In 1999, Kosovo became independent. Now, Belgrade is requesting that it be recognized as such.
In the meantime, Moscow is being accused by the West “malign influence”Balkans: “it wasn’t the Russians bombing us with depleted uranium,”Dodik spoke of shutting down all opposition while still professing belief in freedom speech and property right.
Dodik’s insistence on Serb sovereignty in Bosnia in line with the 1995 peace accords has put him at odds with Western capitals, with the US and later the UK putting him on their sanctions blacklist claiming his “rhetoric”he was infringing on the peace.