19:11 / 19.05.2022.


PM: Milanović's plan to oppose Sweden and Finland's NATO accession is meant to harm the HDZ

PM Plenković

PM Plenković

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Croatian Prime Minister held a press conference on Thursday, at which he once again took aim at the Office of the Croatian President, regarding plans to block Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession until the issue of equal rights for Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina is finally addressed.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković also commented on President Zoran Milanović's position that Croatia must not approve Sweden and Finland's NATO membership until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reformed to ensure equal voting rights for Croats.

"He's doing this to do political harm to the HDZ in Croatia, but also the HDZ in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is no dilemma about this. The political agenda is not to help them, but instead to use and abuse the difficult and unequal position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina to hurt the HDZ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to bring about divisions in the Croatian National Assembly and weaken the political base of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and most of all to hurt the HDZ and our government in Croatia. He's not doing this to help Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but to do damage to me, the government and the HDZ out of sheer malice," Plenković said.

Support for Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession has been strong among most member states, with US President Joe Biden announcing today that Washington fully supports their accession to the alliance. However, Turkey has said that it will oppose the two countries membership. "We have told our allies that we will say no to Swedish and Finnish membership," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York on Wednesday said Ankara is concerned over Sweden and Finland’s support for the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Turkey views as a terrorist organization: "We have also legitimate security concerns that they have been supporting terrorist organizations, and there are also export restrictions on defense products."

At the press conference Plenković also touched on the importance of the "RepowerEU" plan, which would end Europe's dependence on Russian energy. Valued at 300 billion Euros, the plan refers to energy savings, diversification of supply routes and the transition to renewable sources of energy.

Source: HRT

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