18:22 / 03.05.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Grlić Radman: Milanović is behaving like a policeman in 1945. Politically damaging Croatia

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman

Foto: HTV / HRT

After a meeting of the parliamentary majority at the government building, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman said that at the meeting new ministers presented priorities in their departments. The ruling majority touched on current topics, especially the situation in Ukraine. One of the topics discussed by the ruling coalition was the rise in energy prices, as well as the situation in the economy and agriculture. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs said that the President's speeches did not help Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also referred to Milanović's statements on the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO.

"Parliamentary majority supports Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO"


Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković will take part in a conference in Warsaw tomorrow, where Croatia will confirm its readiness to help Ukraine.


The parliamentary majority also discussed the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, and supported the accession of those countries to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


“Of course, when this topic comes on the agenda of Parliament in terms of ratification of the agreement, the procedure is simple,” Minister Gordan Grlić Radman emphasized.


He added that Croatia recognizes the importance of Finland and Sweden as highly developed countries when it comes to the rule of law and democracy.


“I think that their membership in the NATO alliance will contribute to strengthening our defense and security,” he said.


"Milanovic is behaving like a 1945 militiaman"


The Minister of Foreign Affairs commented on statements by Croatian President Zoran Milanović regarding the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO.


“We have heard again the theses put forward by the President that the expansion of NATO should be vetoed. Of course, these theses harm Croatia, embarrass us and bring into direct connection the issue of resolving the issue of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and harm them as well. We are amazed and appalled by the vocabulary. A “traitor” can rarely be heard in the vocabulary of democratic countries. That could be heard in 1945, when all Croatian patriots were traitors. It could also be heard that he would persecute a sinful soul like the devil. It is unheard of that he will persecute legally and legitimately elected members of Croatian Parliament. It does us a lot of damage. The president is acting like a 1945 militiaman, when they expelled people from the church and persecuted them just because they were believers. The perception of Croatia as an incidental state is being created,” said Grlić Radman.


He emphasized that President Milanović was now offering himself as the savior of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that he had only discovered them a year ago.


"Milanovic relativizes the situation in Ukraine"


Grlić Radman pointed out that Milanović relativizes the situation in Ukraine. The Minister emphasized that the Croatian President has pro-Russian views, because the whole world has condemned the brutal Russian aggression, and he still supports Russia.


“I respect the institution of the President of the state, but he is doing irreparable damage, and we have to iron out what he said every day,” said the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.


"Račan's government did everything against the interests of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina"


Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman said that the president's speeches did not help Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that the governing party had a second path, more patient and that their path was long.


He emphasized that it was done by Milanović's government, today we would have a changed election law.


“We do not have an election law right now precisely because of that inaction and ignorance,” Grlić Radman pointed out.


He also stressed that Račan's government in 2000 did everything against the interests of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


"The president can only make a show"


Grlić Radman also referred to Milanović's veto on the membership of Sweden and Finland in the NATO alliance.


“Everyone is surprised at whether Croatia can enter a veto at all. Therefore, at the procedural level, the president can only make a show,” said the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.


"Maybe the president should be worried."


Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian prime minister and president and now vice president of the National Security Council, warned that Croatian President Zoran Milanović would soon be threatened with retaliation by Kiev for his views and statements on Ukraine and Russia.


Grlić Radman emphasized that he did not know whether he should be worried about such statements.


"Maybe the president should be worried, it doesn’t worry me," he said.


Source: HRT

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