Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has called media claims that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović's planned official visit to Russia next week had been obstructed by his government, bizarre. Plenković emphasised his government's support for the visit, announcing that Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Interior Minister Davor Božinović and State Secretary in the Foreign Ministry Zdravko Bušić would also be going.
At today's cabinet session, Prime Minister Plenković expressed his support for President Grabar-Kitarović's visit to Russia, arguing that the whole series of documents which the government had drawn up in preparation for this visit, bore witness to the fact that his government supported it as it did other presidential visits, noting that this piece of news was one of the more bizarre ones that he had read recently in relation to the government's international activities.
The prime minister also confirmed that Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Interior Minister Davor Božinović and state secretary in the Foreign Ministry Zdravko Bušić would be accompanying the President on her trip to Moscow. He also dismissed media claims that Croatia had problems in its relations with Russia due to the unresolved issue of a building to house the Russian embassy in Croatia, pointing out that the technical issue of finding an embassy building had already been on the government's agenda for around 25 years.
It has also been reported in the media that Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić are planning to visit Russia soon. Apparently, Cvitan will only be visiting the town of Sochi, where he will sign an agreement on a programme of cooperation between the two state prosecutor's offices while Bandić will travel on his own to Moscow and St.Petersburg to discuss cooperation between Croatia's capital and those two Russian cities.
And in other cabinet business, the government today amended the regulation on the classification of specific job positions within the Croatian police force. Interior Minister Davor Božinović explained that this was being done to prevent appointments within the police force being conducted without proper internal tender procedures. This decision comes after Božinović was cited in a newspaper interview yesterday as saying that his predecessor Vlaho Orepić of Most had directly appointed his preferred candidates to senior positions in the police force on the basis of a simple work order.
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