Croatian President elect Zoran Milanovic pauses as he addresses dignitaries after taking the oath in Zagreb, Croatia, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. AP
Milanovic is in a bitter verbal dispute with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic over a number of issues, including whether to support the NATO applications Sweden and Finland submitted on Wednesday.
Before Croatia's parliament ratifies NATO membership for the two Nordic nations, Milanovic wants a change of neighboring Bosnia's electoral law that would make it easer for Bosnian Croats to get their representatives elected to leadership positions.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Wednesday that NATO's enlargement would depend on Finland and Sweden showing respect to Turkish sensitivities concerning terrorism.