The Minister of Defense of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Sifet Podzic, met yesterday in Sarajevo with representatives of Turkish companies in the field of military industry, MKE and ASFAT, to discuss some of the potential aspects of modernization of the Armed Forces of BiH (AFBiH).
The presentation of these companies and others of the Turkish military industry is expected to result in the implementation of the military-financial cooperation agreement between the Council of Ministers and the government of Turkey, which provides for around 45 million BAM to support the modernization of AFBiH and continuous training for members of the Ministry of Defense and AFBiH in Turkey.
Yesterday Podzic again commented on the postponement of the military exercise between BiH and Serbia, which was due to take place in the middle of this month. He rejected allegations that the joint military exercise, which was to take place in Manjaca near Banja Luka, had been canceled. As he said, the exercise was postponed only due to the epidemiological situation.
“A small number of our soldiers have been vaccinated and I don’t want to risk a large number of soldiers being infected. As soon as the epidemiological situation improves, we will carry out the exercise normally, there is no reason to cancel it ”, explained Minister Podzic.
The exercise on Manjaca was scheduled to take place October 9-16 this year.
Yesterday, the Serbian Defense Ministry expressed regret over the cancellation, considering that, as they said, they had been planning the exercise together for more than six months.
The member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, declared yesterday that Minister Podzic “by a unilateral decision to postpone the joint military exercise of the Serbian army and the AFBiH in Manjaca had committed the criminal offense abuse of power and authority “.
As he pointed out, Podzic lacked the authority of the Presidency and committed the criminal offense of abuse of power.
“On the other hand, this is a pure act of hatred towards the Serbian people and Serbia as a state,” said Dodik yesterday, writes Klix.ba.