19:31 / 13.02.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Foreign Ministry calls on Croatian citizens in Ukraine to leave as soon as possible

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Gordan Grlić Radman

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Gordan Grlić Radman

Foto: Robert Anic / PIXSELL

Tensions between the United States and Russia continue to mount over the situation in Ukraine. Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin spoke via telephone last night, with Biden saying that any Russian incursion into Ukraine would prompt an immediate military response from the United States and its allies.

On Sunday morning a Russian submarine passed through Bosporus to join other naval forces already in the Black Sea. US Air Force carriers recently flew $200 million worth of weapons into Kiev. International organizations such as the OSCE having already started evacuating their personnel from Ukraine. Croatia has joined a series of other countries from around the world and called on its citizens in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible.

"We are in touch with our partners. Our embassy in Kiev is functioning normally. All of our citizens who are currently in Ukraine have been appraised of the situation and called on to get in touch with our embassy. They have all of our contact information. We also advised them, given the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, to temporarily leave Ukraine if possible," said Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Gordan Grlić Radman.

Meanwhile, in an interview for Croatian Television's Sunday at 2 talk show, HRT's long-time foreign correspondent in Moscow, Bogoljub Lacmanović, voiced hope that outright war can be avoided. He warned however, that in the event of an armed conflict, Europe would suffer the most.

"The two largest or most influential countries in Europe, which are also the locomotives behind Europe's development, Germany and France, are not willing to go to war. They understand what the consequences would be for Europe. For example, just consider if all of a sudden there were no more natural gas. If the valves get shut. Who would suffer? I would say that Western Europe, which is the most industrially developed part of the continent, would suffer. I think the solution to achieve peace is to make Ukraine a federal country that will be neutral. Finland is a neutral country and a member of the European Union," Lacmanović said.

Source: HRT

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