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SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AP) — The Bosnian Serb leader said Sunday he hopes former U.S. President Donald Trump returns to power and that the Serbs will “wait for appropriate global circumstances” to achieve their goal of segregation. separate from Bosnia, which he called “an unsustainable state”.

Milorad Dodik, who was one of the few European officials to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin since the start of the war in Ukraine in late February, made the comments at a rally marking the start of a bloody outbreak of Bosnia 30 years ago.

Bosnia went through a devastating war from 1992 to 1995 in which more than 100,000 people died before a US-brokered peace deal ended the conflict.

The peace accord, also known as the Dayton Accords, created Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Croat entities linked by common Bosnian institutions and a tripartite presidency of which Dodik is a member.

Russia’s war in Ukraine raised fears that the unrest could spread to the volatile Balkans, where Russia maintained strong influence among other Slavic Serbs.

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Dodik, who led a Bosnian Serb secessionist campaign, said he believed the Serbs would soon make important decisions about their fate in Bosnia. He also expressed hope that Trump would lead the United States again.

“For the first time in history, the Serbs are waiting for the time,” Dodik said. “You have to be patient, understand the time. Europe is inevitably confused, with its internal problems. I pray to God that Donald Trump will return to power in America.

During his presidency, Trump rarely spoke out against the Bosnian Serbs’ continued attempts to destabilize Bosnia. After Joe Biden became president, Dodik was slapped with US and UK sanctions for his professed goal of splitting about half of Bosnia and joining it with neighboring Serbia.

Dodik met Putin in Russia earlier this month, saying Sunday he was proud of the meeting.

“He only said one thing to me, and that was, ‘We’re not going to leave our friends.’ It was the Russians who did us no harm,” Dodik said.

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