The President of the Croatian parliament has fended off criticism after announcing his nation will sign up, alongside 17 other countries, to the European Union Mission for Aid to Ukraine and the Training of Ukrainian Soldiers (EUMAM).
Gordan Jandroković Njjonjo told the nation’s of Croatia’s participation in the scheme whilst replying to questions posed by the MP Željko Sačić, who had alleged that Croatia’s involvement in the training of Ukrainian soldiers was threat to the country’s security and represents a direct involvement in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
In response, Jandroković explained that there will be a debate on Wednesday in which both those who do and do not wish Croatia to be involved in the EU scheme will be able to express their views. In his comments, Sačić had claimed that NATO had refused to support the EUMAM scheme, because they felt it was too direct of a risk, and had in effect said that “if you help with training, you must accept the risk”.
The debate reflects some of the ongoing tensions regarding the different degrees and types of support for Ukraine stemming from different Croatian political parties. As in many Balkan nations, it is evident that this support has often become mixed with existing political divisions.
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