Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic says she will discuss Russian-Serbian military cooperation when she meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We need to talk about the area of ​​Southeast Europe, we will talk about Russian-Serbian military cooperation,” Grabar-Kitarovic has told TV N1.

She said her upcoming trip to Moscow and meeting with Putin “did not happen overnight” and that Croatia “has the right to it.”

Often, Grabar-Kitarovic continued, she has been “accused and misinterpreted” when it comes to her attitudes towards the Russian Federation.

“Croatia has the right to develop relations with Russia. If frequent meetings of (German) Chancellor Merkel with Putin are not being questioned, I do not see why meetings with the Croatian president would be questioned,” she said.

Speaking about Croatia’s relations with its neighbors, Grabar-Kitarovic pointed out that she was “very unpleasantly surprised and did not expect Hungary to block the entry of Croatia into the OECD.”

She said it was “expected” that Slovenia would block Croatia’s membership – as it did – “but not Hungary” – and announced that she will travel to Hungary on Tuesday and “put the issue on the table to discuss it.”

Speaking about the Court of Arbitration’s decision concerning Croatia’s border dispute with Slovenia, Grabar-Kitarovic said she “hopes that reason will eventually prevail because incidents suit nobody” and that she “hopes there will be none.”

The Croatia president did not want to comment on the statements made by the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) member of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic, who was responding to her stance that Islamic terrorism from Bosnia could become a threat to the region and Europe.

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