US Ambassador to Croatia, Robert Kohorst, met on Monday morning with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at the government offices in Zagreb.
Following the meeting, US Ambassador Robert Kohorst commented for N1 claims by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović saying that there was no non-paper but rather a white paper that the USA sent to Croatia, related to the sale of combat aircraft by Israel.
“I think the president was talking about a document that I gave to the prime minister that defines the procedure for gaining permits to sell F-16’s. It was not a white paper or critical complaint but rather information. I don’t know what everyone knew, but we informed them how the process functions, said the Ambassador.
“The American government approved the transfer to a third party, but the Israeli and Croatian sides could accept the conditions. We gave approval, but it was not acceptable to the other sides. Simply put, we asked for the planes to be returned to the NATO configuration which is necessary for Croatia as a NATO partner,” said Ambassador Kohorst, adding that he does not know why the process to sell the aircraft to Croatia fell through.
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