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Russian Ambassador calls Croatia’s decision to expel diplomats from Zagreb “counterproductive”

Written by  Apr 12, 2022

The expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from Croatia is "counterproductive" for relations between the two countries, and the decision is part of an "old EU story", Russian Ambassador Andrei Nesterenko said on Monday.

On Monday, Croatia handed a note to the Russian ambassador asking 18 diplomats and six members of the administrative staff to leave the country.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry once again "strongly" condemned the "brutal aggression against Ukraine and numerous crimes committed."

On Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that the number of diplomats and staff at the Russian embassy in Zagreb had been "reduced" to the number of the Croatian embassy in Russia.

Nesterenko considers the reason for Croatia's decision to be "postulates from the old story of the European Union" about Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, its war crimes and violation of territorial integrity, which the ambassador quotes in a statement.

"This decision is a significant step backwards in bilateral relations, counterproductive for Russian-Croatian cooperation ahead of a solemn date - the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries," the embassy said in a statement on social media.

Plenković said on Monday that he had not met with Nesterenko and that Croatia would comment on Moscow's reciprocal measures only when it adopts them.

Croatia and Russia officially began bilateral relations on May 25, 1992.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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