Croatian PM says he will boycott president

“We do not intend to meet with him in the format of the National Security Council. We are not going to meet him face to face, definitely. We are not going to waste our time and have physical contact with somebody who can in such a vulgar and outrageous way treat a political party and the government and many of us individually,” Plenković told the press in parliament. [EPA-EFE/Virginia Mayo]

President Zoran Milanović’s “vulgar and outrageous” attack against the HDZ and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković reflected Milanović’s nervousness, Plenković said, adding he would cut all contact with him.

“We do not intend to meet with him in the format of the National Security Council. We are not going to meet him face to face, definitely. We are not going to waste our time and have physical contact with somebody who can in such a vulgar and outrageous way treat a political party and the government and many of us individually,” Plenković told the press in parliament.

Plenković said that by claiming that the HDZ is tied to the former Yugoslav secret service (UDBA), Milanović severed all possible means of communication. The prime minister also accused Milanović of being a manipulator and vandal and “a person with pro-Russian views”.

“I do not know if he is their agent or not, however, the damage he has done to Croatia in foreign affairs in the last two months is huge,” Plenković said, also refuting Milanović’s claims that he had called generals “retards”.

“You can see and analyse all my statements I made yesterday, and today. There is no connotation of that kind,” he added.

“As long as this government is in office, not one minister will travel with him or organise joint meetings and conferences. We will boycott him,” said Plenković, adding that Milanović crossed the line with the claims that the whole HDZ party and the government were bandits.

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