Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Croatia Supports Ukraine on Its European Path

ZAGREB, December 4, 2018 - Croatia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejčinović Burić, met with the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, in Zagreb on Monday, and reiterated the position that Croatia supports Ukraine on its European journey.

Pejčinović Burić said that Croatia supported Ukraine on its European path by providing operational and technical assistance and sharing its experience from this process.

She praised Ukraine for the progress made in implementing reforms, saying that the reform process was going well and was bringing Ukraine closer to Euro-Atlantic integration despite the difficult security situation and challenges the country was facing.

The two officials expressed satisfaction with the cooperation within the working group for Croatia-Ukraine cooperation, the work of the joint commission on economic cooperation, and the positive trend in trade and tourism, which is evident in the growing number of Ukrainian tourists visiting Croatia.

Pejčinović Burić said that Croatian companies were interested in doing business in Ukraine, notably in the IT, energy, pharmaceutical and chemical industries and other sectors of the economy.

They also discussed the security situation in Ukraine and its surroundings. Concern was expressed about the current situation in the Sea of Azov and the Strait of Kerch, Russian activities and the further escalation of tensions, which has resulted in the injuring of Ukrainian seamen and their being taken prisoner, the blockade of Ukrainian seaports, and the prevention of maritime traffic.

Pejčinović Burić called for exercising restraint, respecting international law and preventing further escalation. She said that Croatia continued to strongly support the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

Before meeting Pejčinović Burić, Klympush-Tsintsadze had met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who emphasised the importance of further strengthening bilateral relations between Croatia and Ukraine.

For more on relations between Croatia and Ukraine, click here.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Pussy Riot to Give Performance in Zagreb on Monday

ZAGREB, December 2, 2018 - A multimedia show from the Russian punk activists Pussy Riot called "Riot Days" will be held in Zagreb on Monday, as part of the 16th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival.

The hallucinatory media comment on Vladimir Putin's Russia tells a story about present day Russia and gives voice to all those whom the repressive apparatus is trying to silence. According to critics, the show that is still being persecuted for anti-Putin protest is as funny as it is nerve-shredding.

Pussy Riot songs championed feminism and LGBT rights while lambasting inequality and oppression.

The Riot Days project is based on a book by Maria Alyokhina, a band member who was arrested for giving a “punk prayer” performance in an orthodox cathedral in Moscow in 2012, drawing international outrage and attention on how Russia treats its dissident artists.

Riot Days is directed by Yury Muravitsky, one of Russia's leading theatre directors.

For more on the human rights in Croatia, click here.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Croatian-Russian Cooperation Discussed by State Commissions

ZAGREB, November 30, 2018 - The Croatian-Russian intergovernmental commission on economic and scientific-technical cooperation met in Zagreb on Friday, concluding that energy, agriculture, tourism, science and education are areas with cooperation development potential. The talks focused on the Croatian-Russian cooperation in energy, agriculture and tourism, and long term cooperation in science and technology transfer, Croatian Economy Minister Darko Horvat said after the commission's eighth meeting.

The two parties also signed two protocols which he said contained certain commitments and concluded that certain progress had been made in the development of the good bilateral relations between Croatia and Russia.

Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said agriculture, energy, tourism, science and education remained the basic directions of cooperation.

I hope we will continue our work in 2019 at a joint session in Moscow, he said, adding that the next stage in the development of bilateral relations would ensue after that.

He gave a positive assessment of the intergovernmental commission's work, saying he hoped trade between the two countries would continue to grow.

For more on the relations between Croatia and Russia, click here.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Zagreb Mayor Bandić Decorated by Russian President Putin

ZAGREB, November 4, 2018 - The Russian Federation's President Vladimir Putin on Sunday awarded a decoration to the mayor of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, Milan Bandić, for his efforts in strengthening friendship between the nations, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Zagreb Mayor.

During the ceremony, Bandić said that he expected the continuation of the enhancement of cooperation between the Croatian and the Russian people.

President Putin thanked the recipients of the Order of Friendship for their contribution to the promotion of the relations with Russia and its culture.

To read more about Zagreb’s Mayor Milan Bandić, click here.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Russian Chief Prosecutor Visits Zagreb

ZAGREB, October 19, 2018 - Croatia's chief state prosecutor Dražen Jelenić and his Russian counterpart, Yuri Y. Chaika, met on Thursday in Zagreb for talks on strengthening the struggle against crime and reinforcing the protection of human rights and freedoms, the Office of the Croatian Chief State Prosecutor (DORH) said in a press release on Friday.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Croatia and Russia Agree to Increase Economic Cooperation

ZAGREB, September 13, 2018 - Croatian Economy Minister Darko Horvat met with Russian Ambassador Anvar Azimov in Zagreb on Thursday, and they agreed that ways of improving investment cooperation should be explored, the ministry said on its website.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Russian President Putin Awards Order of Friendship to Zagreb Mayor Bandić

The only other Croat to receive the honour is footballer Ivica Olić.

Monday, 13 August 2018

WTO Says Croatia Discriminates Against Foreign Gas Pipeline Operators

ZAGREB, August 13, 2018 - Croatia, Hungary and Lithuania discriminate against foreign gas pipeline operators, according to a finding of a panel of three adjudicators of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that thus sustained a part of objections made by the Russian Federation against the European Union's gas market rules, the Reuters news agency has reported.

Friday, 27 July 2018

“Croatia and Russia Have Solid Foundations for Development of Relations”

ZAGREB, July 27, 2018 - Croatia and Russia have resolved several important issues since last October, including the role of Sberbank in rehabilitating the indebted Agrokor conglomerate and air pollution in Slavonski Brod, making progress in their relations as a solid foundation for their further development, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said in interview with the HRT public television network on Thursday evening.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Croatian Firm Kisha Gifts Smart Umbrellas to President Putin in Thanks for World Cup Hospitality

July 19, 2018 - What to do when you find yourself hosting the biggest sporting event in the world, watched by billions, and suddenly the heavens open? A generous gift to President Putin with a message of heartfelt thanks for a magnificent World Cup from a Croatian smart umbrella manufacturer. 

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