Western Sanctions Won't Harm Russia, But Harmed Croatia, says President

By 9 August 2022

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - The sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia due to the attack on Ukraine are not working, and they will not harm Russia, but they have harmed us, President Zoran Milanović said on Monday during a visit to Hvar.

Describing the situation in the world as unstable and increasingly confusing, Milanović warned that "it all resembles a dandelion in the spring, and you just pray to God no one sneezes and blows it away."

The West's response is not good, said Milanović, adding that "we have sanctions that are not working."

He underscored that he "has been saying this from day one" and that he regrets that he was right.

"The sanctions are not working; they will not harm Russia, if that is the goal (...) and what has happened has harmed us," the President said.

Regarding statements by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić that he will not go to the Croatian Adriatic and by Novi Sad Mayor Miloš Vučević that he could not understand why some Serbs go to Dalmatia for the summer, Milanović said that he was happy about Serbs vacationing in Croatia.

"They are welcome. (Serbia) is a neighbouring country and we don't have to agree on everything," Milanović said.

When asked why Vučić was doing this, Milanović replied that he did not know because he was not the president of Serbia but of Croatia.

"Good, at least Vučić is not talking about a Serbian sea, for now. There is a lot of folklore in that," said Milanović.