Dodik: There is no society more corrupt than America, they can't be trusted

NEWS 06.01.2022 13:51

BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik said that the decision of the US to expand sanctions against him is an attempt to portray him as a criminal so that Serbs in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity do not vote for him, arguing that the US can not be trusted since “there is no society more corrupt than America.”

The US Department of the Treasury has expanded sanctions on Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite Presidency, and introduced sanctions on the private TV station Alternativna TV, which is connected to him. Sanctions were also introduced against the former top judicial official in Bosnia, Milan Tegeltija, as well as Bosnian MP, Mirsad Kukic.


“We believe that this is a complete injustice, not because of me, I can deal with it easily, but it is about those Americans who think that they can deal with peoples in such an arrogant way,” Dodik said.

“We live here, our mandates are not political, our mandates are vital, a few of them have their political mandates here and they think that they can do something through the use of force. Maybe they can deal with Milorad Dodik, but they cannot go against the Republika Srpska and the Serb people, their defeat is evident, here people want their Republic, here people live and endure for the sake of the RS,” he said.

Dodik argued that US sanctions do not affect him as he has no account or property in the United States.

“I had it before, this is the third time that America has attacked Milorad Dodik, when I was an MP, then I had an American Card, but today I have nothing,” he said.

“What's new? In addition to saying that I am violating the Dayton Agreement, territorial integrity, they have now added the accusation of corruption. I am a politician who does not face any judicial process in BiH or anywhere in America or elsewhere,” he said.

“America is arrogant and ignores that concept that no one can be guilty until it is proven that they are guilty,” Dodik added.

The sanctions are, according to him, a “propaganda trick” in order to provide opposition leaders in the RS, such as the leader of the Party of Democratic Progress (PDP), Branislav Borenovic, with arguments to accuse him of corruption although there is no evidence for it.

Dodik argued that if his goal was to protect his wealth, he would have served US interests.

“I think that what they are proposing to us is a policy that supports Muslims, to the detriment of RS,” he said, stressing that he only wants to protect the Constitution.

Dodik argued that the US wants to convince the people of the RS that he is a “thief” so that they do not vote for him, but that Serbs will not fall for it.

“You can’t trust Americans, there is no society more corrupt than America and there are no politicians more corrupt than American politicians,” he said.

Dodik said that the US did not impose sanctions on Republika Srpska or Serbs in Bosnia directly, but that if this would happen, the RS National Assembly would immediately adopt a decision on declaring the entity’s independence from Bosnia.


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