: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia cancels economic forum with Croatia holding grudge for Plenkovic Kyiv visit

Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Croatia Anvar Azimov confirmed on Monday that the Croatian-Russian economic forum had been canceled, according to Total Croatia News citing N1.

”I have a very difficult task. I love Croatia and I deeply respect Croatia, and we will not forget that for more than 50 years Russia and the Soviet Union were one of the major players in Yugoslavia. However, I am deeply concerned for the future of Croatian-Russian relations. My task, as an ambassador, is to minimize any consequences,” said Azimov, Total Croatia News reported.

”It is no secret that trade in goods with Croatia has decreased by nearly 50 percent. That is a disaster. First of all, Croatian exporters and farmers are suffering. Croatian-Russian economic forum was supposed to be held in November. However, Russian entrepreneurs are very patriotic. They do not support the regime of sanctions. They do not agree with the fact that Croatia supports these sanctions. That is why Russian entrepreneurs were not interested in coming to Croatia. And that is the reason why Croatian-Russian economic forum did not take place,” continued the Ambassador.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last week that it was concerned about recent statements made by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in Kyiv that Croatia was ready to convey to Ukraine its own experiences with peaceful reintegration of occupied territories, which would be applicable to areas of eastern Ukraine where government forces are fighting with pro-Russian rebels.


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