US imposes sanctions on Serb leader of Bosnia & Herzegovina

The United States on Wednesday imposed fresh sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who aims to take the Serb Republic out of Bosnia's armed forces, and designated an entity linked to him, according to the US Treasury Department's website.

Bosnia is experiencing its gravest political crisis since the end of the war in the 1990s, reviving fears of a break-up after Bosnian Serbs blocked the work of the central government and Serb lawmakers voted to start pulling the autonomous Serb Republic out of state institutions.

The United States barred a current and former Bosnian official from entering the country, citing "their involvement in significant corruption," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

The officials were Milan Tegeltija, a former president of Bosnia and Herzegovina's high judicial council and Mirsad Kukic, a lawmaker and president of the Movement for Democratic Action, Blinken said in a statement.

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