President: Croatia will not be involved in Ukraine crisis

President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic. [EPA-EFE / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD]

Croatia would in no way get involved in the Ukraine crisis if it escalated, nor send its soldiers if that were the case, said President Zoran Milanović after visiting the Kraš chocolate factory on Tuesday.

Ukraine does not belong in NATO, the Croatian head of state also said, adding that the EU had triggered a coup in the country in 2014 when pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted.

The ongoing crisis has nothing to do with Ukraine or Russia, it is connected with the dynamics of US internal policy led by President Joe Biden and his administration, said Milanović, adding that “matters of international security reflect inconsistencies and dangerous behaviour” by the US administration.

Milanović, who just came back from his skiing holidays, also said that the hawks in the Democratic Party and Republican party, “who until recently justified the play-safe and peaceful policy” of former president Donald Trump towards Moscow, are now mounting pressure on the Pentagon and Biden to take a tough stance towards Russia.

“All that is happening in the antechamber of Russia. One must reach a deal that will take account of the security interests of Russia,” said the president and supreme commander of the army.

Milanović again criticised the engagement of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Ukraine.

When asked about the president’s speech, Plenković told public TV he did not hear all of it but that he first thought a Russian military officer was speaking.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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