Another NATO state wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining

Croatia’s president insists that Zagreb should block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO unless the bloc heeds certain demands Read Full Article at RT.com

Another NATO state wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining
18 May, 2022 21:12 HomeWorld News

Another NATO state wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining

Following Turkey’s move, Croatia’s president also seeks a better deal with the bloc if Zagreb votes to invite the Nordic states

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic plans to instruct Ambassador Mario Nobilo, the country’s permanent representative to NATO, to block the accession of Finland and Sweden to the decades-old military alliance, he said Wednesday. 

“I have said before, Croats in Bosnia are more important to me than the entire Russian-Finnish border,” Milanovic said. 

Stockholm and Helsinki formally broke with their history of neutrality on May 15 and applied for NATO membership. However, the acceptance of new countries to the bloc requires the unanimous consent of all members. 

Ankara’s opposition to any agreement admitting Sweden and Finland to NATO until they denounce “terrorists and their accomplices” associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP/C), among other concessions. 

“Turkey will certainly not budge before it gets what it wants,” the Croat president said. 

Milanovic’s latest comments have placed more strain on his already-fraught relationship with the government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, whom he has accused of failing to stand up for Croatian interests, local news outlet N1 reported.  

“to approve Finland and Sweden’s membership application” and “will be given power of attorney to sign a protocol that will follow in the next few days.”

Croatia’s parliament is “absolutely certain” to ratify the agreement, Grlic-Radman added.