EU Has Not Decided To Sanction Milorad Dodik

The EU has not reached a decision on imposing sanctions against the leader of Bosnian Serbs Milorad Dodik, the European Commission told (24.02) TV N1 in Sarajevo. N1 asked about possible sanctions against the Serb member of BiH’s tripartite Presidency after statement of one of the former international administrators in the country, Wolfgang Petritsch, that the EU could ban Dodik from entering its territory.

Since 2011 the EU has maintained a framework to “enable imposing restrictive measures against persons who seriously threaten the security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and undermine the Dayton peace agreements”, the EU Commission also said. 

“The EU Council has not considered it necessary so far to make use of such an instrument against any person. This sanction framework is renewed annually (currently in force until end of March) and the review is ongoing”, the statement adds. 

Dodik has come into the focus of the International Community for his recent provocative statements which resulted in the latest political crisis in BiH. The Leader of Bosnian Serbs has been mentioning on several occasions the possibility of Republika Srpska (RS) to secede from BiH, which he called “RSExit”.

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