Vucic says Serbia will not join US sanctions against Serbs in BiH

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday announced he would speak with the Serb member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Milorad Dodik, and Republika Srpska President Zeljka Cvijanovic about the current situation, and noted that Serbia would in no way implement sanctions against Serbs in BiH and Republika Srpska or their representatives, reported Tanjug.

Vucic was responding to a reporter's question about US sanctions imposed on Dodik and Alternativna TV ahead of events marking the 30th anniversary of the foundation of Republika Srpska.

"As early as on January 10 or 11, I will speak with Dodik and Cvijanovic. This is about very complicated matters where an urgent reaction, let alone a precipitate one, is not appropriate because this brings numerous challenges not only for Srpska but for Serbia as well," Vucic said at a press conference.

"Serbia is certainly not happy with the sanctions and does not believe sanctions are the solution, and there is no doubt the Republic of Serbia will not only not agree to the sanctions, but that it will also not implement sanctions against members of its own nation in BiH and Republika Srpska and Serb representatives in any way," Vucic said.

"We must maintain rational, decent and fair relations with the Americans as they are a great power while, on the other hand, we will not go back to the times when blockades and barricades targeting political representatives of our nation were being put up on the Drina," he said.

Vucic said he was concerned over sanctions against Dodik and other individuals from Republika Srpska, but that he was even more concerned over a US explanation that Alternativna TV was a part of a corruption system.

"We will have many questions for the US administration about some other media and links with crime and corruption to which we think no adequate answer can be provided," Vucic said adding that he had spoken with both Dodik and Cvijanovic on Wednesday. /