Another NATO member wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining

Following Turkey’s move, the Croatian president also wants a better deal with the bloc if Zagreb votes to invite the Nordic states.

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic plans to instruct Mario Nobilo, the country’s permanent representative to NATO, to block Finland and Sweden from joining the decades-old military alliance, he said on Wednesday.

Rejection of the agreement would draw the attention of the international community to the problems of ethnic Croats in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milanovich told reporters. Under current electoral law, Croatian representatives tend to be elected by Bosnian Muslims, also known as Bosnians. Zagreb is pushing for it to be corrected.

“As I said before, the Bosnian Croats are more important to me than the entire Russian-Finnish border.“Milanovich says.

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Zoran Milanovic, President of Croatia.  © Getty Images / Bernd von Jutrczenka
NATO members have pledged to block the candidacy of Sweden and Finland

Stockholm and Helsinki on May 15 officially broke their history of neutrality and applied for NATO membership. However, the adoption of a new country in the bloc requires the unanimous consent of all members.

Turkey was “showing how to fight for the national interest,” Milanovic said, adding that the inclusion of Sweden and Finland in NATO would indicate opposition to any agreement with Ankara, unless they denounced it. “Terrorists and their associates” Other concessions include those associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP / C).

“Turkey must not move before it gets what it wants.”Croatian President.

Milanovich’s recent remarks have put further strain on his already strained relationship with the government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, whom he accuses of failing to stand up for Croatian interests, local news outlet N1 reported.

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordon Grilik-Radman told state radio on Wednesday that Nobilo had already been told “Finland and Sweden approve membership application” And “A power of attorney will be issued to sign a protocol that will follow in the next few days.”

Croatia’s parliament hall “Absolutely sure” To ratify the deal, Grillick-Radman added.

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