Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will invite her Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic to officially visit Croatia in autumn – claims Croatian daily, the Jutarnji List from the sources close to the Croatian president.
The Croatian president’s cabinet thinks that all the prerequisites for the visit have been fulfilled. Furthermore, the relevant protocol states that, after Grabar Kitarovic attended Vucic’s inauguration, it is now Vucic’s turn to visit Croatia.
Grabar Kitarovic was known for refusing to invite the former Serbian President, Tomislav Nikolic to officially visit Croatia following his statement that certain political parties in Serbia had the right to question the Serbian-Croatian border.
Speaking about the Croatian-Serbian relations, Croatian political analyst, Zarko Puhovski said, in an interview for the Serbian daily Vecernje Novosti, that he sees the current relations as frustrating with a tendency of improvement in the near future.
“The betterment of these relations will always fall victim to the objective needs of the two countries. However, the fact remains that the majority of the Croatian and Serbian population is not interested in national conflicts any more”, Puhovski adds.
Puhovski also says that Croatian officials are annoyed by the support that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has been giving to Serbia, especially after the onset of the migrant crisis. Puhovski claims that Merkel wants to release Serbia from the Russian influence, which is also something that the US Vice President, Michael Pence also confirmed in Podgorica recently. However, the Croatian analyst says that that is all wishful thinking on the part of Germany and the US.
Puhovski points out that the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic has decided (as discerned from his inauguration speech and his subsequent activities) to play the role of the leader of what was left of the former Yugoslavia; Croatia and Slovenia excluded.
The Croatian analyst also thinks that Vucic and Plenkovic (the Croatian PM) will play the main roles in the further normalization of the relations between the two countries, and not Serbian PM, Ana Brnabic and Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic.
He adds that there is very little chance that Serbia would join the EU in the next ten years because the EU doesn’t have sufficient institutional capacities for enlargement.
(Blic, RTV, 06.08.2017)
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