Balkans | Croatian Prime Minister Plenković says they want to strengthen the EU’s external borders

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Balkans |  Croatian Prime Minister Plenković says they want to strengthen the EU’s external borders

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said they want to strengthen the EU’s external borders to prevent the uncontrolled flow of illegal immigration.

Plenkovich spoke online to a program organized by the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

Plenkovic indicated that his country publicly condemns Russia within the scope of the Russian-Ukrainian war and that it provided diplomatic, economic, military and humanitarian support to Ukraine, and indicated that they hosted about 22 thousand Ukrainian refugees in their country. Plenkovic referred to the problems that occurred in the fields of economy and energy in Europe after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and stated that as Western leaders, lessons should be learned from the current problems.

In this context, Plenkovic emphasized the importance of sustainability in policies and said:

“The key word is sustainability. The ability of Ukrainians to continue to resist. Sustainability of Western aid to Ukraine. Sustainability in dealing with the challenges that Western governments face, such as energy prices, inflation, food prices and maintaining social cohesion in our countries. Only when sustainability is achieved in these three areas A solution can be found that respects the territorial integrity of Ukrainians and contains brutal Russian aggression.”

The Croatian Prime Minister expressed that they do not want to build fences or barbed wire on the borders of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, on the contrary, they want to cooperate with these countries to prevent illegal immigration. On the other hand, Plenkovic stated that they want to strengthen the EU’s external borders, such as the Turkish-Greek border and the Turkish-Bulgarian border, in order to prevent the uncontrolled flow of illegal immigration.

Noting that his country is one of the 15 member states of NATO, Schengen and the Eurozone, Plenkovic also touched on his relations with the Balkan countries. Plenkovic stated that they want to strengthen bilateral relations with Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Plenkovic noted that the war between Russia and Ukraine has accelerated the EU membership agendas for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, and stated that they particularly support Ukraine’s progress towards EU membership.

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