The Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister is on an official visit to Russia. This is a return visit after the Russian Foreign Minister visited Zagreb in December of 2020. The focus of discussion was on bilateral relations and the situation in the wider region.
Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman is on an official visit to Moscow, where he met on Monday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Among the key issues they discussed were economic cooperation, the situation in the Western Balkans and relations between Russia and Brussels.
The visit comes amid the crisis in Ukraine and stalled talks between Russia, the US and NATO. Grlić Radman came to Moscow with the message that Croatia shares the position of the EU and NATO and recognizes the territorial integrity of Ukraine but at the same time, it wants to strengthen bilateral and economic ties with Russia.
"We talked about the situation in the Western Balkans, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, relations between Belgrade and Priština, and about relations between Russia and the EU and Russia and NATO. We told our Croatian friends that we highly appreciate Croatia's position on resolving the problems accumulating between Russia and the European Union," Minister Lavrov said after their meeting.
For his part Minister Grlić Radman thanked Russia for its support over the past 30 years: "In these thirty years Croatia has made significant achievements, and Russia never stood in our way in that regard, and I thank her for that. I would also like to thank Russia for the constructive role it played in the difficult circumstances in the 1990's."
With respect to the situation in the Balkans, Lavrov said Russia recognizes the discrimination of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and insists on the implementation of the Dayton Agreement and electoral reform.
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