United States sanctions Republika Srpska leader for endangering Bosnia and Herzegovina’s stability

“Milorad Dodik’s destabilizing acts of corruption and self-interest in the annulment of the Dayton Peace Accords threaten the stability of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region as a whole,” the Washington Treasury Department said. against Milorad Dodik and the media group he controls.

In turn, the State Department has introduced travel bans for Bosnian Serb officials accused of corruption.

Milorad Dodik, a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, has threatened to withdraw Republika Srpska from national institutions, including the tax administration, the judiciary and the armed forces, in order to rebuild the Bosnian Serb army.

“These actions amount to an unofficial secession and represent the greatest threat to post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said United Nations envoy Christian Schmidt.

The European Union has criticized the activities of Milorad Dodik, but failed to impose sanctions on Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, over opposition to Hungary and for not harming relations with Serbia and Russia.

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