Monday, 14 March 2022

PM: I Spoke with Banožić and Hranj About Strengthening Capabilities of Armed Forces

14 March 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Monday said on Twitter that he had spoken with Defence Minister Mario Banožić and the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, Admiral Robert Hranj, about investments in strengthening the capabilities of the Armed Forces.

Shortly before that, he said that a meeting had been held with members of the government and relevant institutions about the facts established so far about the crash of the military aerial vehicle in Zagreb.

The competent bodies are conducting an investigation that will shed light on all circumstances. We are intensively communicating with NATO allies, PM Plenković said in the tweet.

Friday, 28 May 2021

PM Says Croatia's Army Has Developed into Efficient and Modern Armed Forces

ZAGREB, 28 May 2021 - At the beginning of his cabinet's meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković sent a congratulatory message to the armed forces and the ground army on the occasion of Army Day and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Croatian army.

"In the last three decades, the Croatian army with its origins among the people, gained huge experience during the Homeland War which it won, and it has developed into an efficient and modern armed force prepared to deal with all the tasks assigned to it," Plenković said.

After the the 1991-1995 war, the army underwent a successful process of the peacetime transformation, and only 11 years after the peaceful reintegration of its  Danube egion, Croatia became a member of NATO, the strongest military alliance in the history, the premier underscored.

Croatia's soldiers are highly-esteemed participants in a lot of international missions and operations worldwide, including those run by NATO and those run by the United Nations. All that is conducive to the international security and peace, as preconditions for any development and prosperity, he added.

In the present-day more and more unstable world, Croatia must be able to efficiently safeguard its territory and borders, control its skies and sea and ensure its stability and energy independence, and, if necessary, protect its won freedom, he said.

In this context Plenković noted that his cabinet pursued the course that accomplished the priorities of the defence and security policies.

The government has adopted a new national security strategy and the legislation on homeland security and increased defence outlays and made investments in the miltiary equipment and modernisation, he noted.

At the end of his speech on the modernisation of the army, PM Plenković revealed the decision of his cabinet to purchase 12 used French multipurpose fighter jets Dassault Rafale F3R for €999 million.

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Saturday, 8 May 2021

Milanović: Croatian Troops in Kosovo "No Provocation Against Serbia"

ZAGREB, 8 May (Hina) - President Zoran Milanović said on Saturday that the decision to increase Croatian troops in Kosovo was not an act of provocation against Serbia. 

"That's no provocation against Serbia. The Serbian authorities do not know how to get out of the trap into which they fell 30 years ago with Milošević's orgy in Kosovo that caused the war in Yugoslavia. ... The question of the independence and status of the Albanian people is a topic that brought about the war, actually several wars," Milanović said in response to questions from the press during a visit to the eastern city of Đakovo.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said Serbia wanted to have good relations with all its neighbors but that Croatia's actions and statements showed no respect for Serbia but attempted to humiliate it.

Vučić said that Croatia could have refused to send more troops to Kosovo as part of the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping mission and that its decision was aimed at "further humiliating Serbia."

Milanović recalled that the Croatian contingent has been present in Kosovo for years and that its presence has been increased now that Croatian troops have left Afghanistan.

"I have already signed this order, but had I been aware that it would bother them so much, we might have discussed it," said Milanović, who also serves as Commander in Chief of the Croatian Armed Forces.

As for the presence of Croatian troops in other countries, he said that the Croatian military need not always be present somewhere and that its primary task was to protect Croatia.

"Croatian soldiers are here, first and foremost, to protect Croatia. It is their main and sole basic task, while these other forms of cooperation are welcome," Milanović said.

"Kosovo has been recognized as a state virtually by the entire EU, except five member states. I understand why two of them have not, but as for the other three, I do not understand because I followed this matter and talked with their prime ministers and presidents several times in the past," Milanović said.

Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Spain, and Slovakia are the only EU members that have not recognized Kosovo, a former Serbian province, as an independent state.

Milanović also noted that the Serbian authorities "are doing all they can so as not to join the European Union, even though they are ostensibly negotiating."

"We are not on an equal footing. We are an EU member, and they are not. If they want to join, we have to talk. It never occurred to us to treat other countries so rudely and presumptuously, for example, Slovenia, which is smaller than Croatia but was an EU member (before Croatia joined the EU)," Milanović said.

Serbia was granted EU membership candidate status in 2012. It opened accession talks in 2014 and has provisionally closed only two chapters to date.

"I do not want to use Croatia's position to blackmail Serbia, but my impression is that there is no real ambition at all on Serbia's part to join the EU in 15 years. That is perhaps because in that case, all the people now ruling Serbia would have to look for their homeland elsewhere," the Croatian president said.

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Army Barracks Return to Ploče

ZAGREB, September 14, 2018 - The barracks of the 116th Croatian Army Brigade was inaugurated in Ploče on Friday on the occasion of Croatian Navy Day. At the opening ceremony, President and Supreme Commander Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said that the return of the army to the southern port of Ploče was of exceptional national importance.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Swedish Gripen and Israeli F-16 Top Candidates for New Fighter Aircraft

The final decision will be made soon.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Croatian Pilots Begin Training on US Helicopters

Croatia has recently received Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Former Defence Minister against Compulsory Military Service in Croatia

Number of opponents of possible reintroduction of compulsory military service is growing.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Croatia Reintroducing Compulsory Military Training in 2019

“Great” news for young Croats – instead of spending the summer enjoying themselves, they will learn “essential” life skills, like how to march and how to use gas masks.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Croatia to Reintroduce Compulsory Military Training?

Young Croats would be forced to spend between 30 and 60 days in military training during summer months.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Croatia to Overhaul Russian-Made Military Helicopters

Although Croatia is member of NATO, it still uses Russian-produced military helicopters.

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