The country’s leader claims that the circumstances of the participation of Croatian military personnel in this mission are incomprehensible and unjustified.


President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic refused to give consent to the participation of members of the Croatian Armed Forces in the EU mission, which organizes the training and education of the Ukrainian military.

According to Vecernji List, Minister of Defense Mario Banozich sent a corresponding letter to him. Milanović, in his explanation, stated that the circumstances of the participation of Croatian military personnel in this mission were incomprehensible and unjustified.

In addition, the notorious Croatian leader believes that the Minister of Defense does not have the authority to initiate a request for a training mission. Therefore, he is waiting for an appeal from the government or parliament.

Milanovic also noted that the draft decision does not specifically indicate the activities that will be carried out by members of the Croatian army abroad, nor the actions or measures that will be carried out by the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of Croatia.

Milanovic also said that one of the reasons for the refusal is that Ukraine is not formally included in the list of allies of Croatia, whose troops can pass and arrive for exercises in the country.

Minister Banozic said he sees no objective reasons for Milanovic’s refusal. Now, a two-thirds parliamentary majority is required to make a positive decision.

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EU training mission: what you need to know

As UNIAN reported earlier, in August the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the European Union intends to start the mission from training of the Ukrainian military in a neighboring country to Ukraine. He announced that at the meeting of EU defense ministers in Prague this proposal would be discussed politically.”

On October 8, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala at a press conference after an informal summit of 27 leaders of EU member states, which is taking place in Prague, said that leaders reach consensus regarding the start of a training mission for the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

October 17 Rada European Union decided to establish the EU Military Assistance Mission to Ukraine under the name EUMAM Ukraine.

The EUMAM Ukraine mission will operate on the territory of the EU Member States and will have an operational headquarters in Brussels in order to ensure overall coordination at a strategic level. The mission commander will be Vice-Admiral Hervé Blejean, Director of the Military Planning and Operations Force.

It is known that the exercises will be held on the territory Poland and Germany.

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