The Croatian government sent the law on the training of Ukrainian soldiers to the parliament

The Croatian government sent the law on the training of Ukrainian soldiers to the parliament
The Croatian government sent the law on the training of Ukrainian soldiers to the parliament

After Croatian President Zoran Milanović on Tuesday refused to give consent for the participation of the Croatian army in the European mission to train Ukrainian soldiers, today the Croatian government sent the draft law on this cooperation to the parliament for decision, Croatian media reports.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković he listed three ways in which the Croatian army would participate in the European mission to train Ukrainian soldiers (EUMAM). Officers would participate in command structures, Croatian soldiers would train Ukrainian ones in the armies of EU members, for example in Poland and Germany. Ukrainian soldiers would also be trained in Croatia, he said at today’s government meeting, Zagreb newspaper Jutarnji list reports.

The government proposes that up to 80 members of the Croatian army participate in the mission, with the possibility of rotation, and that up to 100 members of the Ukrainian forces could come to Croatia with the possibility of rotation this year and in 2023 and 2024.

Milanović did not want to discuss the letter on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Milanović, who is also the supreme commander of the army, did not want to discuss the letter in which the defense minister Mario Banožić asked for approvals for the participation of Croatian soldiers in this EU mission, which was officially launched by the member states last week. He claimed that cooperation would not be in accordance with the constitution, since Ukraine is not an ally of Croatia according to the constitution, because it is not a member of any of the federations to which Croatia belongs. However, the Defense Minister is not competent to ask him for agreement on this issue, he believed.

Milanović responded to the government’s decision again today by claiming that it is not in accordance with the constitution, and accused Plenković that it was his “personal terror and mistreatment”. He assessed that it was “Udba sabotage” of the government in order to see who was for Russia and who was for Ukraine. “I’m not for anyone, I’m for Croatia,” he said and assessed that the USA is waging a war with Russia through Ukraine, the index portal reports.

Plenković accused MPs and parties of running away from political responsibility

Today, the government’s decision to participate in the EU mission also met with harsh criticism from opposition MPs, including the largest SDP. They claimed that, according to the constitution, the parliament is not competent to decide on the participation of the Croatian army in the missions, but that the government decides on this with the consent of the president of the republic.

Today, Plenković rejected claims about the unconstitutionality of the decision, saying that even Kosovo and Afghanistan are not Croatian allies in the NATO alliance, but the Croatian army participated in the missions there. “These are all missions that went through the assembly,” he said. He accused MPs and parties of running away from political responsibility because they do not want to clearly define whose side they are on in the war in Ukraine, reports the Croatian news agency Hina.




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