Croatian President: No Croatian soldier will die for some schmo in Washington


Disagreement in NATO. Balkan members are divided over tensions in Ukraine. While Macedonian Minister Slavjanka Petrovska is determined to send all of its 17 Macedonian soldiers to the Ukrainian-Russian border, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has said he will withdraw his Croatian troops to the last if the situation escalates. Strangely enough, all Croatian soldiers were returned from Poland to Croatia hours before Milanovic issued the statement.

Milanovic stressed that NATO member Croatia would not in any way, shape or form get involved in any military action.

NATO is increasing security, we do not have to do anything about it, nor will we do anything in the future. If there is an escalation, we will withdraw all Croatian soldiers. This has nothing to do with Ukraine, but with Biden’s (Joe) politics, which I see as consistently dangerous and bizarre. This is happening on the outskirts of the Russian capital, and what are we doing there, Milanovic said.

The Croatian president says the US administration is under pressure to present itself as some formidable foe to Russian interests, but they are doing it at Russia’s borders?

With the departure of Trump, whom Democrats have accused of being a babysitter of Putin’s policies, the new administration is under constant pressure from Republican Party hawks to treat Russia firmly. I can see the interest of Russia, as well as the interest of Ukraine. Ukraine’s place is not in NATO. It is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. We need peace, to calm down the political tension and that is why Croatia will not participate in that, Milanovic added.