BELGRADE (Sputnik) – The Russian embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed on Monday its perplexity due to the entry ban for a humanitarian convoy of the Russian Defense Ministry to assist in the fight against the coronavirus.
In early April, the Russian ministry said that Moscow would send 24 military personnel and equipment to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help fight the coronavirus, adding that the request for aid came from Republika Srpska, one of the political entities within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
According to the embassy, those who are now loudly refusing help were equally loudly indignant a month ago at the fact that Russia assisted only Republika Srpska. It also recalled that the Bosnian authorities said in April that any help was welcome.
At the same time, the embassy said that it did not force anyone to do anything, as Bosnia and Herzegovina was a sovereign state that made decisions independently.
In late April, Russian military experts completed disinfection operations at 28 facilities in 11 cities across Republika Srpska in a bid to curb the virus.
So far, the number of cases of the coronavirus in Bosnia and Herzegovina has surpassed 1,900, including more than 70 fatalities.