19:06 / 21.04.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Foreign minister receives Bulgarian counterpart

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska and Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska and Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman

Foto: Tomislav Miletic / Pixsell

There is "serious potential to create instability" in the Western Balkans because it is "a testing ground for geostrategic rivalries," Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Thursday.

Speaking to the press after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Teodora Genchovska, he said they agreed that it was necessary to do everything so that the repercussions of the Russian aggression on Ukraine "don't spill over to the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe."


"There is still, unfortunately, in a certain sense, serious potential to create instability given that the Western Balkans is, in a certain sense, a testing ground for various geostrategic rivalries," said Grlić Radman.


Genchovska said the Bulgarian-Croatian cooperation within NATO was very good and that a more secure European southeast was conditioned by the cooperation between NATO member states.


The two ministers said Bulgarian-Croatian relations were friendly, without outstanding issues, and that the two countries supported each other for Schengen and OECD membership.


Grlić Radman said it was important to Croatia that Bosnia and Herzegovina's election law be changed because it "favours electoral engineering" and allowed Bosniaks to outvote Croats.


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