Croatian President wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO

AP , Wednesday 18 May 2022

President Zoran Milanovic of Croatia wants his country to follow Turkey's example by trying to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO.

Zoran Milanovic
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.

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