Due to statements by the Croatian President, Zoran Milanović, on the Austrian Covid-19 policy, the Croatian Ambassador to Austria, Danijel Glunčić, was invited to the Austrian Foreign Ministry in Vienna on Wednesday, the Croatian embassy confirmed to Hina.
"I can confirm that I was invited for an interview at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria," Croatian Ambassador Danijel Glunčić told Hina. He declined to comment on the content of the conversation.
As the Austrian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs announced, and as the Austrian media report, Glunčić was invited for an interview because of "extremely unusual statements by the Croatian president", which were "strongly rejected" on that occasion.
"A comparison of measures against the coronavirus pandemic and fascism is unacceptable. It is our responsibility to protect the citizens of Austria, and we are acting accordingly," the ministry said in a statement.
"The Croatian ambassador to Austria was clearly surprised by these statements," said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, state secretary at the ministry.
Austrian media quoted the Croatian president, who, after meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Monday, compared Austria's unvaccinated lockdown measures to "reminiscent of the thirties" methods and called them "nonsense".
Austria introduced, on Monday, strict restrictions on movement for the unvaccinated and those who have not recovered from Covid-19.
People who have not been vaccinated or who have not recovered from the virus are only allowed to leave their properties in Austria in exceptional cases such as purchasing groceries, visiting a doctor or pharmacy or going to work.
Compliance with this measure is being strictly checked, and violations can be punishable by fines of up to 1,450 euros.