Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Wednesday that the NATO membership of Sweden and Finland should be separated from electoral reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) following President Zoran Milanović saying the opposite.
Milanović said that the Croatian parliament “must not ratify any country’s accession to NATO” as long as neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) does not change its electoral law and that Finland and Sweden’s accession is “a very dangerous adventure.”
According to Radman, Milanović’s statements about the blockade of Sweden’s and Finland’s bids to join NATO have led members of the transatlantic alliance believe that Croatia has changed its foreign policy.
Radman added that Milanović’s statements prompted several calls.
“With these calls, we tried to contain the damage done to Croatia’s international political image,” Radman said, noting that Milanović’s statement has been quoted by all leading foreign media and “all NATO countries have expressed great concern.”
Meanwhile, Finland Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Finland is prepared to apply for NATO membership in the coming weeks regardless of how neighboring Sweden decides.
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