Serbian ministry condemns Croatian minister's statement

The Serbian Foreign Ministry on Friday assessed as "scandalous and warmongering" Croatian Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic's statement in which he told Serbian PM that he had no reason to be nervous about Croatia's plans to procure ballistic missiles and that Croatia did not have hostile intentions towards Serbia.

"At a time when Serbia and its Prime Miniseter Aleksandar Vucic, as well as the entire region, is advocating peace, stability and reconciliation, we are shocked to hear the Croatian Defence Minister speak about uncontrolled armament, thus directly sending a threat to Serbia," read a statement issued by the Serbian Foreign Ministry.

"Serbia is neither scared nor frightened and we hope Croatia won't be either once Serbia takes appropriate protection and defence measures," the statement said.

Outgoing Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic said on Friday that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic showed nervousness when he opposed Croatia's plan to procure ballistic missiles, saying that the Serbian official had no reason to be nervous as Croatia did not have hostile intentions towards Serbia.

"My message to Vucic is: 'Don't be nervous, you have no reason to be nervous.' We most definitely do not have hostile intentions towards Serbia, it is our neighbour, we respect it and support Serbia's aspirations to join the European Union, but as a NATO member state we are entitled to our own defence and to developing our own system and our own funds," Kotromanovic told reporters in Split.

Last update: Fri, 08/01/2016 - 19:43

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