Croatia Protests Sweden and Finland’s bid to Join NATO

Croatian President Zoran Milanović warned on Tuesday that Finland and Sweden cannot join NATO unless Bosnia and Herzegovina changes their voting legislation.

Milanović’s statement garnered a strong reaction from Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, while the foreign ministry in Zagreb confirmed its support for Finland’s NATO ambitions.

The Finnish foreign ministry confirmed in a tweet that Finnish Prime Minister Pekka Haavisto spoke with his Croatian counterpart Gordan Grli-Radman, who confirmed that Zagreb supports NATO’s open-door policy and that if Finland decides to apply for NATO membership, the Croatian government and parliament will support Finland.

Milanović told the press that Croatia’s parliament “must not ratify anyone’s accession to NATO” until the law is modified, and added that while Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership is a “very dangerous adventure,” it is within possibility to consider it.

Plenković insisted that Milanović might obstruct Sweden and Finland’s admission at the NATO meeting, and said that if Milanović is a “tough guy,” he should do it in front of US President Joe Biden.

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