The United States sanctions the Bosnian Serb leader for destabilizing the Balkans

On Wednesday, the United States imposed financial sanctions on Bosnian Serb political leader Milorad Dodik, accusing him of “destabilizing” the Balkans.

The punitive measures announced by the US Treasury target the “corrupt and destabilizing activities” of this politician, a Serbian member of the Bosnian collegiate presidency, and the Alternatevna Television channel under his “supervision”, based in Banja Luka, the largest city of the Serbian entity.

The United States sanctions the Bosnian Serb leader for destabilizing the Balkans
The headquarters of the Alternatevna TV channel

Last December Milorad Dodik accelerated the implementation of his separatist project, approved by the parliament of the Republika Srpska.

On 10 December, the parliament of Republika Srpska, known as “Republika Srpska”, granted the government of this entity six months to initiate the process of legal withdrawal from three joint federal sovereign institutions, the army, the judiciary and the authorities. tax.

Western powers denounced the project, but Milorad Dodik, who is a member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, appears to be supported by Russia today.

A military parade in 2017 by the Bosnian Serb police in Banja Luka in occasion of "Republic Day Srpska"
A military parade in 2017 by the Bosnian Serb police in Banja Luka in occasion of “Republic Day Srpska”

Interestingly, this tripartite ruling emerged from the agreement of pace Dayton, which ended the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in 1995.

“The corrupt and destabilizing activities of Milorad Dodik and his attempts to dismantle the pace of Dayton, motivated by his own interests, threaten the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the entire region “, said in a note the US Treasury Undersecretary Brian Nelson.

The Treasury also claimed that Dodik used his leadership position to amass a fortune through bribery and bribery.

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