Darina Lisyuchenko
17 July 2022 19: 00
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Diplomatic scandal between Serbia and Croatia: what happened?

The head of the Serbian Interior Ministry accused the Croatian authorities of "fascism".

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Diplomatic scandal between Serbia and Croatia: what happened?

President of Serbia Alexander Vucic planned a private trip to Croatia today to visit the Jasenovac concentration camp, where many Serbs died during World War II. However, the border guards did not let the Serbian leader into the country because of the entry ban. This is reported Blic.

At the Prime Minister of Croatia Andrey Plenkovich stated that the ban on Vucic's entry is due to the fact that the President of Serbia planned to "create chaos in Croatia."

Croatian media claim that Vucic wanted to cross the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that is, the Republika Srpska, and come to Jasenovac, and then to Pakrac.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic reacted to the decision of the Croatian authorities. On his Twitter page, he published a post to which he attached a photo with the caption: “Only you do your job! The Serbian people will live and never forget.”

In response to the ban, the Serbian Ministry of the Interior announced that from today all officials of the Croatian state, all holders of official or diplomatic passports will have to separately declare and justify their visit or passage through Serbia. In this case, all diplomats will be placed under special control mode.

Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia Alexander Vulin accused the Croatian authorities of "fascism". "Fascists today are members of the European Union, they don't like to be reminded how many children they killed", - he said.

In turn, the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabič stated that the ban on Vučić's entry into Croatia became the biggest scandal in the modern history of relations between Belgrade and Zagreb.

"This is the biggest scandal in the recent history of relations between Serbia and Croatia. To make a private visit to Jasenovac, primarily a place of suffering for Serbs, the only camp for children where at least 20 children were killed, and to ban the President of Serbia from visiting this place of suffering, who wanted to go and lay flowers, for me this is a first-class scandal," - she said.

After the Serbian Foreign Ministry sent a note to the Croatian Embassy in Belgrade, which the Chargé d'Affaires ad interim refused to accept.

"Croatia has requested an official announcement of the intention of Vucic's private visit. The Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that Vučić is not allowed to visit Jasenovac privately. Our Foreign Ministry replied to Croatia, but the representative of the Croatian Embassy refused to accept Serbia's note", - said the head of the Foreign Ministry Nikola Selakovich.

At the same time, he added that the President of Serbia requested an official visit to Jasenovac at any time before September 17.

“This is a terrible decision by the state. It is unheard of for this to happen after the Second World War. The Serbian government will decide on countermeasures, and they will be based on international law," - the minister said.

The Croatian Foreign Ministry said that Vucic's private visit to Jasenovac violated the existing protocol. The planned private visit of the President of Serbia to the former Jasenovac concentration camp complex in Croatia violates the current protocol regarding high-ranking politicians and statesmen. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Gordan Grlic Radman.

"Protocol violated, - stressed Grlich Radman. - ATVisits of statesmen and officials must be announced [in advance] and planned for weeks and months."

“Of course, we perceive this as an unfair step, given that we realized that such an arrival [to Jasenovac] is not sincere, that this is not a tribute to the victims, but rather motivated by the fact that domestic political needs were met before the formation of the Serbian government- continued the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. - The Croatian government is sincerely committed to the normalization of relations with Serbia, which we have always emphasized."

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