Croatian FM will not join President’s delegation at upcoming NATO summit

NEWS 11.06.2021 17:32
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Gordan Grlić Radman
Source: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL, Ilustracija

After Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said on Friday that Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic-Radman would not be in the Croatian delegation to the NATO summit on Monday because the Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic did not let him go, Grlic-Radman denied the claim and said he decided to pull out of the trip on his own.

In another chapter of the ongoing squabble between the President and the Prime Minister, Milanovic, speaking to the press during a visit to the southern Croatian town of Sinj, called out Grlic-Radman, saying he “has no autonomy.”

“He should have been in my delegation to the NATO summit in Brussels, but then he called the day before yesterday to say he cannot be in a Croatian delegation led by the president. Is this normal?” Milanovic said, adding he was certain that this came from Prime Minister Plenkovic.

The Croatian delegation will not include any cabinet ministers.

“When I served as the prime minister (2011-2016), my ministers never asked me such things. How could I forbid a minister from going with (former) President (Kolinda) Grabar-Kitarovic somewhere? They are welcome to join my delegation, but they do not have to if they do not want to. There are stronger players who will fill their places,” Milanovic said.

Grlic-Radman: Milanovic is slinging mud at the government and prime minister

Grlic-Radman denied the President’s words, saying that he was not going to Brussels because it was beneath him to go with the president because of his “primitive statements”.

“After all that has been said, and those primitive (statements), I have no reason to be in his company. It would be beneath me to be in the company of a person who in such a way defames and stigmatises the Croatian government, the prime minister and all members of the cabinet,” Grlic-Radman told reporters in Zagreb.

He said that the prime minister had not ordered him not to go, but that they had discussed “the purpose of going with a person who is making up all sorts of things.”

“I do not want to be part of this delegation that communicates in such a away and sends such negative messages to the Croatian people,” Grlic-Radman said.

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