Croatian president opposes Finland and Sweden joining NATO

According to Milanovic, Croatia should not ratify the accession of any country to NATO until the reform of the electoral legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina takes place

Zoran Milanovic

Swedish and Finnish applications for NATO membership— this is a “dangerous gamble”, these countries cannot join the alliance until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is changed in the interests of the Bosnian Croats, said Croatian President Zoran Milanovic.

“I consider it a dangerous adventure to involve Finland, which is located 50 km from St. Petersburg, into this,” — he said (quoted by Danas). According to the President of Croatia, the national parliament should not ratify anyone's accession to NATO until the reform of the electoral law in BiH takes place.

“As for me, let them join NATO, let them poke an angry bear in the eye with a pen,” — he continued. However, “until the issue of the BiH election law is resolved, until the Americans, the British and the Germans force [the Bosnian authorities] to change the election law in the next six months and give the Croats basic rights, the Croatian Parliament should not ratify anyone’s entry into NATO,” Milanovic said, TV channel N1.

The Times sources reported that Sweden and Finland are ready to join NATO this summer. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament, Erkki Tuomioi, Helsinki could apply in the coming weeks.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on the possibility of Sweden and Finland joining the alliance, said that such a decision could lead to “the most undesirable consequences”; and “would seriously worsen the situation in the military sphere.” In this case, according to Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, Russia will have to “seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense” and “deploy substantial naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland.” “In this case, it will no longer be possible to talk about any non-nuclear status of the Baltic.” the balance must be restored, — he said.

At the same time, Medvedev said that “it makes no sense to argue” that if it were not for the special operation in Ukraine, then the question of the entry of Sweden and Finland “would not arise at all.” According to him, “attempts to drag” these countries have been involved in the alliance before.

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