The President of the Republic of Srpska (RS) Milorad Dodik refused to shake hands with US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Maureen Cormack. Writes Blic Online, at a mourning ceremony in memory of the victims of Nazism and Croatian ostashata in the concentration camp Jasenovac Dodik shook hands with all, including his political opponents, but ignored stretching his hand Cormack.
Since January of this year, the President of the RS is under sanctions of the U.S. Treasury. Source Reuters explained that the restrictions are a result of multiple policy calls for secession from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the fulfillment of decisions of the constitutional court and threats to ban the residents of the Republika Srpska to serve in the army of BiH.
Dodik also said that the question of accession of Crimea to Russia resolved the will of the people, which must be respected. “Moscow is afraid, and many are not satisfied that Russia under Vladimir Putin returned to the position in the international arena. Therefore, the West retains the rhetoric of the cold war”, — said the politician.
The Republika Srpska was one of the parties to the civil war in the former Federal Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), which was part of Yugoslavia. RS remained the self-proclaimed and unrecognized until November 1995, when under pressure from NATO and the UN was signed the Dayton agreement created a common signs of having both Federal and Confederate, the state Bosnia and Herzegovina consisting of two entities — Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Adopted February 22, 2008 resolution of the Parliament of the Republic of Srpska said that the Bosnian Serbs may secede from Bosnia and Herzegovina if the majority of the member countries of the UN and the EU States recognize Kosovo’s independence.