Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said on Wednesday (18/5), he would instruct the Croatian Ambassador to NATOMario Nobilo, to prevent desire Finland–Sweden join.
Croatia itself is a member of NATO.
Milanovic believes that Croatia must not stop making Finland and Sweden’s membership in NATO dependent on the issue of the equality of Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“This is not an action against Finland and Sweden, but it concerns Croatia,” Milanovic was quoted as saying by local media, Total Croatia News.
Referring to the statement, Milanovic at a press conference believed that the Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina as a political entity were being ‘destroyed’. It was Croatia’s job, he added, to prevent it.
Milanovic once again confirmed that he would instruct Ambassador Nobilo to prevent the two countries from joining NATO.
Milanovic’s stance differs from that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs regarding the Finnish-Swedish membership in NATO.
Last week the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs said that in terms of NATO, Nobilo should follow the ministry’s instructions rather than the President.
Milanovic then strongly rejected Turkey’s plan to join Finland and Sweden in NATO because it involved national interests.
“Turkey is definitely not going to stop [menolak] before they get what they ask for,” Milanovic said.
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated that Turkey would not support Finland’s and Sweden’s intention to join the North Atlantic National Defense Alliance (NATO).
Erdoan said the Finnish and Swedish delegations should not bother visiting Ankara to lobby Turkey to soften its membership in NATO.
“Sweden also does not need to hope that Turkey will agree to its intention to enter NATO without returning the terrorists,” Erdogan said in a speech to lawmakers from the ruling APK party faction on Wednesday (18/5).
Erdogan referred to political figures and activists accused of the failed coup attempt in 2016 and fleeing abroad, including Finland and Sweden.