Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovič called Milanovič’s statements scandalous and said that “destroys the reputation and authority of the state”. They also oppose the foreign policy attitudes of the government of the Republic of Croatia and cause great disappointment to partners – the United States, NATO members, EU member states and Croatia’s neighbors, Plenkovic said. Foreign Minister Gordan Grlič-Radman said on Thursday that he had to “call almost every one of your colleagues and apologize”. He was also in contact with Croatian ambassadors, who needed to know how to comment on the situation abroad.
The head of Croatian diplomacy added that there is allegedly an initiative in Ukraine to declare Milanovich a personu non grata. “I don’t think the Croatian state deserves such behavior,” said the minister, according to HINA. He stated that they caused the president’s statements “big damage to reputation” Croatia in the world. HINA recalled that in addition to the ambassador to Kiev, her colleagues in Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina had been asked to explain the president’s statements in the past.
Milanovich said on Tuesday that Ukraine does not belong to NATO and is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. According to him, Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by the Ukrainian president in 2014 as a military coup, and the crisis on the Ukrainian-Russian border is a consequence of US domestic policy. Ukraine has protested sharply against Milanovich’s statements.