Zagreb (The Times Groupe)- Croatia has joined Turkey in opposing Sweden and Finland joining NATO. The two nations have blocked NATO talks on Finland and Sweden’s entry just after the Nordic countries launched their bids to join, a diplomatic source told The Times Groupe on condition of anonymity.
A diplomatic source told The Times Groupe’s Hugh Panchak in Brussels that Ankara blocked NATO members from discussing Finland and Sweden’s bids to join.
Helsinki and Stockholm handed their official bid to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday morning.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had already indicated likely resistance from his government.
Croatian President Zoran Milanović announced on Wednesday that he would instruct Croatia’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Mario Nobilo, to vote against the admission of Finland and Sweden to the alliance until the election law in BiH is amended.
Milanović argues that Zagreb should not cease making Nordic’s membership of NATO conditional on the issue of the equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina Croats in elections.
“It is not an act against Finland or Sweden, but for Croatia,” Milanović insists.
He told a news conference in his office that Croats in BiH are being “destroyed” as a political entity and that preventing that is in Croatia’s national interest.
Milanović underlined that he would instruct Ambassador Nobilo to be against that membership.
Such decisions require unanimous approval from NATO member states.