Ukraine responds to Croatian president after his scandalous statements on Crimea
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded Zoran Milanovic how Croatia fought for its territories on its own in the 1990s (Photo:Press service of the President of Croatia)
Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has sharply criticized Croatian President Zoran Milanović for his statements on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The reason was his scandalous statement about the Russia-occupied Crimea and his warning about Russia as a “nuclear superpower.”
“Crimea will never be Ukraine again. This is what leading German generals are saying,” Milanović said, comparing the situation around the Ukrainian peninsula and Kosovo, which Serbia considers its territory.
In turn, the spokesperson of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleh Nikolenko called such words unacceptable, as they express doubts about Ukrainian sovereignty.
"I wonder if Zoran Milanović would have been able to become the president of his country with such rhetoric in the 1990s, when Croatia was struggling to preserve its statehood?” Nikolenko wrote on Facebook on Jan. 31.
“Would his voters agree to turn a blind eye to the occupation of part of the country’s territory? I doubt it. Let me remind you that due to external aggression, Croatia could lose a third of its land. However, thanks to the heroic struggle, the Croats were able to protect the independence of their state.”
Meanwhile, Nikolenko underlined that Ukraine is grateful to the government and people of Croatia “for the steadfast support of Ukrainians in the fight against Russian aggression.”
Milanović himself is known for his anti-Ukrainian rhetoric and calls for dialogue with the Kremlin regime.
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