BELGRADE – President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik on Monday dismissed speculations that Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic has tried to convince him to abandon the idea of holding a referendum on Republika Srpska Day, pointing out that the Serbian PM has never pressured him over it.

Dodik pointed out in an interview for Vecernje novosti that relations between Belgrade and Banjaluka are not such that pressure is put on the leaders of RS by Serbia.

“It has always been an exchange of thoughts on the importance of an issue”, said Dodik.

Asked how realistic the option of abandoning the referendum is, Dodik replied that it will be held.

Commenting on a statement by Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac that the Serbian PM is continuing the Greater Serbia policy of the 90s, Dodik pointed out that Vucic is a serious politician.