Croatia vows to veto Finland and Sweden joining NATO

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The Croatian President has previously noted that the country will not approve any state joining the alliance until Western countries influence the change in the electoral law in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina in the interests of local Croats

Zoran Milanovic

Croatia will veto accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance, said the country's President Zoran Milanovic.

“As president of the state representing Croatia at the NATO summit, I will veto the invitation, that's what I can do,” — said the Croatian leader. However, he expressed doubt that if a decision is made at a lower level, for example, in the Council of Representatives of Member States, he will be able to force the Ambassador of Croatia to express the same position. “He will have to remain neutral,” — Milanovic believes.

This is not the first time the head of state has spoken out against the membership of the two Scandinavian countries in the bloc. He had previously called the idea of ​​them joining NATO a “dangerous gamble”; and pointed out that the Croatian parliament would not ratify anyone's accession to NATO until the electoral law in Bosnia and Herzegovina was changed to benefit the Bosnian Croats.

“Until the Americans, the British and the Germans force [the Bosnian authorities] to change the electoral law in the next six months and give the Croats basic rights, the Croatian parliament must not ratify anyone's accession to NATO,” Milanovic spoke on 26 April.

In mid-April, it became known that Sweden and Finland intended to apply to join the alliance soon. The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, citing sources in the ruling party, reported that Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson plans to apply in early June. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin indicated that Helsinki would decide the issue of joining NATO within nine weeks. Germany announced on May 3 that it would support both states' decision to join the bloc.

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, noted that the entry of these two countries into NATO would force Russia to seriously strengthen its borders with the alliance: to strengthen the groupings of ground forces and air defense, to deploy “substantial naval forces”; in the Gulf of Finland. “In this case, it will no longer be possible to talk about any non-nuclear status of the Baltic.” the balance must be restored, — warned the politician.

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