Prime Minister Andrej Plenković Visits Drone Crash Site in Zagreb

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A Soviet-era unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in the Jarun area of southeast Zagreb on Thursday night. 

The drone was launched from the territory of Ukraine and crashed in Zagreb shortly after 11 pm on Thursday after running out of fuel, having flown over Romania and Hungary.

“We don’t know whose it is, everyone says it isn’t theirs,” Plenković said. He added that it was down to luck that no one had been hurt, apart from about 40 cars that had been damaged in a nearby car park.

“This indicates the need for closer cooperation within NATO itself because this is NATO’s air space, as well as Romania’s Hungary’s and Croatia’s. We cannot tolerate this kind of situation and it should not happen in the future. This was a very clear and present threat which requires a response,” the prime minister said.

Plenković said that he would raise this issue in all NATO and EU institutions and call for an effective and rapid response. He added that yesterday he had informed all EU leaders of what had happened and had sent a letter to NATO’s secretary-general noting that something like this could happen to other cities.

Theoretically speaking, this could have been Budapest, Ljubljana or Bratislava, but what is important is for us to step up our cooperation, he said.

“Was it accidental, was it an error, was it intentional, we don’t know at this moment,” Plenković said, adding that the incident was being investigated by the military, police, and the State Attorney’s Office.

He said that the drone would be dug out of the ground to see if contained any valuable information, and the authorities would contact other countries for more information.

The prime minister was accompanied by relevant government officials.

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