In an interview with the Guardian, Derek Cholet, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said the United States was determined to regain Bosnia and Herzegovina from being "on the edge" amid "secessionist threats by Serbian nationalists and that sanctions were among the options which they are considering".
In that sense, Bosnia's sovereignty can only be truly championed by its own citizens. Still, it is striking that for a country which at one time was the poster child of the triumphs of international liberalism, the cause of liberal democracy in Bosnia effectively falls on deaf ears in most Western capitals.
"I protect the interests of those who elected me, and the interest of the Republika Srpska and Serbian people is to implement the Dayton Peace Agreement and the letter of the Constitution of Annex 4 of the Dayton Agreement. I think that is legitimate," Dodik said being hosted on our television show Drugi ugao ("From another angle").
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Bosnia presidency member Milorad Dodik (L) meeting in Sarajevo, July 8, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR
The Bosnian Serb leader earlier threatened to withdraw all Bosnian Serb officials from state-level institutions and re-establish a Bosnian Serb army, fomenting fresh fears of Bosnia's collapse and of armed conflict.