13:54 / 28.04.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Grlić Radman: We support the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO

Hungarian and Croatian Foreign Ministers Szijjártó and Grlić Radman

Hungarian and Croatian Foreign Ministers Szijjártó and Grlić Radman

Foto: Marko Prpic / PIXSELL

“Croatia supports the potential membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO, which would strengthen Croatia's security and defense,” said Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman on Thursday.

“We think that the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO will only strengthen our security and our defense,” Gordan Grlić Radman told reporters at the Franjo Tuđman Airport after talks with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjártó, adding that all NATO members have the same opinion.

Grlić Radman said that two days ago he was called by the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and yesterday by his Swedish colleague, and that he told them that he supported "their future application as an important contribution to the security of the transatlantic space".

Croatian President Zoran Milanović said that Croatian Parliament should not ratify Finland's and Sweden's accession to NATO until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina is changed in a way that would prevent more Bosniaks from electing a Croat member of the presidency and delegates in the House of Peoples. He stressed that Croatia must seize the opportunity, a "historic silver bullet", to fight for the rights of Bosnian Croats and resolve, among other things, the security issue.

"Until the issue of the election law in BiH is resolved, until the Americans, British and Germans force those from Sarajevo and Izetbegović to change the law, until they give Croats fundamental rights, Parliament must not ratify anyone's NATO accession treaty," said Milanović on Tuesday.

Grlić Radman believes that by joining NATO, Croatia has also accepted the open door policy, which means that all countries that have met the standards can join NATO if they wish.

Szijjártó noted that Finland and Sweden have not yet applied for NATO membership, but Hungary will "certainly be positive about the issue" if they apply.

The Croatian and Hungarian foreign ministers also referred to the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Szijjártó stressed that Hungary supports "Croatia's position that the Croatian member of the presidency must be elected by Croats".

The head of Hungarian diplomacy pointed out that the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina requires respect for the will of all three constituent peoples, and in that context Hungary does not support a "political hunt or sanctions" against Serbian presidency member Milorad Dodik.

Grlić Radman said that minorities are a "strong link" in Hungarian-Croatian relations and that the model of protecting the rights of the Croatian minority in Hungary and Hungarian minority in Croatia is "a paradigm model in the context of protecting national minorities".

Szijjártó touched on the energy situation in the context of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, stressing that "energy supply is not a philosophical but a physical issue" and that Hungary will pay for Russian gas "in a manner that ensures it arrives in Hungary".

Source: HRT

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