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Croatian President to meet Putin and talk tourism – will travel visas be on the table

Written by  Oct 16, 2017

The Croatian President is to meet with one of the most powerful people of the world this week.

According to the latest information, the Russian President Vladimir Putin will welcome Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at ‘’Bočarov ručej’’ on the Black Sea on the 18th of October.

Putin often spends time in his strictly guarded luxurious residence where he rests, maintains his fit condition and receives foreign public officials.

‘’Apart from meeting with the President Putin, the Croatian President will also meet with the Russian Prime Minister, which is quite unusual. That only confirms the high level of interest of Russia in renewing relationship with Croatia’’, commented Bozo Kovacevic, the former Croatian Ambassador to Russia.

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Putin's $1 billion residence in Sochi 

On this occasion, the strongest economic delegation so far will accompany the Croatian President Grabar-Kitarovic in order to negotiate an entry to third markets. The Russian side has also showed an interest in cooperation in the field of food industry, manufacturing, metalworking industry, and tourism, according to the words of Zeljko Kramaric, the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK). It is still unclear whether the issue of Russian tourists requiring a travel visa to enter Croatia will be on the table. After the visa was introduced, in line with EU regulations, on Russia, Turkey and the Ukraine the number of tourists has consequently fallen drastically.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will also discuss the LNG terminal on the island of Krk, even though it is not of Russian concern, and a problem of the refinery in Bosanski Brod, which has been causing environmental air pollution dangerous for human health in the area.

The Croatian President will also be travelling to Moscow to a large economic forum that will gather representatives of more than 100 Croatian and 245 Russian companies.

After Hungarians presented Grabar-Kitarovic with an honorary doctorate last month, the Russians will do the same during her visit to the country.