Lavrov: No need to fuel tensions over RS Day referendum

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told his German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmeier there was "no need to fuel tensions" over the RS Day referendum.

Source: Beta, Tanjug, TASS
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In a telephone conversation on Thursday, Lavrov called on Steinmeier to focus instead on "encouraging the Bosnian sides to start a constructive dialogue," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by TASS.

"The ministers discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina after a referendum on the entity’s main holiday - the Serb Republic Day - which was held in the Serb Republic on September 25 this year. The Russian side emphasized that the plebiscite was not posing any threats to the territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina and was not violating the principles of the 1995 General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

According to the same statement, Lavrov also "spoke against attempts to inflame tensions over the Serb Republic and called for encouraging the Bosnian sides to start a constructive dialogue on all urgent issues concerning the stabilization process in the country."

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