18:24 / 30.06.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Milanović warns NATO allies of serious situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

President Zoran Milanović

President Zoran Milanović

Foto: Luka Stanzl / PIXSELL

The two-day NATO Summit ended in Madrid on Thursday, with the alliance's leaders adopting two key decisions. The first is to formally extend invitations to Finland and Sweden to join NATO, while the second is the adoption of the alliance's new Strategic Concept, the organization's guidelines for future activities.

Addressing reporters at the end of the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO leaders had agreed to strengthen the fight against climate change and the establishing of a new one billion dollar innovative fund. He added that increased investment into NATO and the further expansion of NATO's common funded budget were also agreed to. Stoltenberg said that this increased spending will underpin a "fundamental shift in NATO's deterrence and defense," specifically strengthening troop formations on the alliance's eastern front to some three hundred thousand strong. With regards to the Russian incursion into Ukraine Stoltenberg said that Ukraine can rely on NATO for as long as it takes.


Representing Croatia in Madrid was Croatian President Zoran Milanović. In his address to NATO heads of state and government Milanović called on Croatia's NATO allies to listen to Croatia's concerns just as Croatia listens carefully to theirs. He said that the events in Bosnia and Herzegovina have a direct impact on Croatia's national interests and security, and that any further destabilization of Bosnia and Herzegovina will have serious implications for the wider region and NATO. He concluded that action is required before it is too late to reverse the situation.


Source: HRT


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