President’s Invitation to Putin Still Stands

By 27 March 2018

ZAGREB, March 27, 2018 - President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said on Tuesday that her invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Croatia still stood.

It is very important to nurture economic and overall relations with the Russian Federation, as the European Union too has such a two-track approach, insisting on respect for international law as well as on the continuation of talks, as disputes can only be solved through dialogue, not conflict, she said.

Russia is a player in Southeast Europe, a member of the Peace Implementation Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and there are many topics we can and must continue to talk about with the Russian Federation, the president added.

Asked about possible counter-measures after Croatia decided to declare one Russian diplomat persona non grata, Grabar-Kitarović said the question should be put to Ambassador Anvar Azimov or someone from the Russian Embassy to Croatia.