President of the Republic of Srpska welcomes first contingent of medical equipment and assistance from Russia to fight epidemic corona virus
09/04/2020

The President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović, the Serb Member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, the Prime Minister Radovan Višković and the Ambassador of Russia to Bosnia and Herzegovina Petr Ivantsov welcomed today at the Banja Luka Airport the first contingent of medical equipment and assistance from Russia to fight the epidemic corona virus.

On behalf of the institutions and the citizens, the President of the Republic of Srpska expressed her gratitude for the Russian assistance received in fighting the corona virus in Srpska, stating that this gesture is a confirmation of the good relations and understanding between Srpska and Russia.

The President of the Republic said that this assistance, which arrived at the Banja Luka Airport, is manifested in human beings, medical experts who will help the local health, as well as equipment, disinfectants and activities that will be carried out to fight against the virus.

“We will get it all through this delivery. This is the first flight out of the three planned ones that will happen during the day. The assistance includes the arrival of medical experts and specialists, disinfectants, respirators, protective masks and all the equipment needed by hospitals today”, said the President Cvijanović.

The President of the Republic said the assistance was sent at the request of the Republic of Srpska leadership and arrived very quickly after the talks with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“We are grateful and this assistance shows much more than just fighting, that is, to survive in these difficult times. We know that Russia has its own problems with the virus, as do other countries, but they responded to all and helped anyone who needed it. Also, this is a confirmation of our good relations and understanding”, it was emphasized by the President Cvijanović.

The President of the Republic of Srpska said she was certain that Russia would have offered any help if someone had asked for it, which was the case in Italy.

The President of Srpska said the Federation of BiH would also receive assistance if it approached Russia.