Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik said today that he would hand over the icon, which he had previously presented to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to Ukraine, but only if the Ukrainian authorities prove that they demanded it before their meeting.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed that a meeting between Minister Bisera Turkovic and the Ambassador of Ukraine to BiH will be held.
It is not yet known at what stage the investigative actions of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH are. Milorad Dodik, the chairman of the BiH Presidency and the main actor in the Icon affair, said that he had never received an answer from Ukraine to the question of whether they were looking for an icon.
“If Ukraine proves that it asked for the icon before the date when I had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, I will accept to hand it over. However, here it is only important that I be attacked, just like Dragan Covic and his associates. All this speaks enough about the judiciary in BiH, ” he said.
And in the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an investigation is underway, within which members of the Presidency of BiH as well as the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Russia will be questioned.
As confirmed for BHRT, a meeting will be held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bisera Turkovic and the Ambassador of Ukraine to our country.
“The meeting between Minister Turkovic and the Ambassador of Ukraine should take place in the second half of January. The icon was not delivered to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH, and according to information from the media, the Ambassador of BiH to the Russian Federation handed the icon directly to the Cabinet of the Chairman of the Presidency of BiH,” BHRT writes.