BELGRADE – Republika Srpska’s President Milorad Dodik said Wednesday he is proud that the United States imposed sanctions on him.

On Tuesday, the US Department of the Treasury announced that the United States has sanctioned Dodik for blocking the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. The sanctions froze Dodik’s assets that are subject to US jurisdiction and generally prohibited citizens of the United States from doing business with him.

“It is important that the sanctions were imposed on me personally and not on Republika Srpska. I am proud of it, because it means that even under heavy pressure I didn’t trade Republika Srpska’s interests,” Dodik said during a press conference as broadcast by Radio Televizija Republike Srpske.

He added that he had no assets in the United States and that the sanctions introduced against him would change nothing for the citizens of Republica Srpska. Dodik also expressed hope to have “more successful” cooperation with the new US administration.

Republika Srpska is one of the two autonomous entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their relations are largely affected by the civil war among Serbs, Bosnian Muslims and Croatians in 1992-1995.