By Chris King • 31 January 2023 • 3:20
Image of Croation President Zoran Milanovic.
Source: Damir Sencar/HINA/POOL/PIXSELL/Social Democratic Party of Croatia
Speaking with reporters in the country’s capital of Zagreb on Monday, January 30, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said that Moscow had been provoked into an armed conflict by Ukraine since 2014.
“I am against sending any lethal arms there, it prolongs the war. What is the goal? The disintegration of Russia, change of the government? There is also talk of tearing Russia apart. This is mad”, the Croatian leader stated.
Milanovic continued, “It will not be possible to defeat Russia, which has nuclear weapons, by conventional means”. He added that he believes there is a real danger of a nuclear war.
Visiting a military barracks in the eastern town of Petrinja, he broached the subject of what is happening in Ukraine. He described what the West is doing as: “deeply immoral because there is no solution to the war”. The leader added: “It is clear that Crimea will never again be part of Ukraine”.
The Croatian president has repeatedly spoken out against the participation of the Croatian military in the conflict in Ukraine. He also expressed his doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions. Milanovic recently accused Washington and NATO of using Ukraine as a proxy to stage a war with Russia.
He was quoted by the HINA news outlet as saying: “Washington and NATO are waging a proxy war against Russia with the help of Ukraine”.
Milanovic noted that he saw no point in sanctions against Moscow. “The plan cannot be to remove Russian President Vladimir Putin. The plan cannot be in sanctions. Sanctions are absurd, we will not achieve anything with their help”.
“They did not even break Slobodan Milosevic with sanctions. They go from war to war. And what am I supposed to be, a slave of America?”, he remarked.
At the same time, last year, Croatia allocated €16.5 million to equip four brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and provided Kyiv with batches of machine guns and automatic rifles, as reported by rg.ru.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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