“In my capacity as the head of state representing Croatia at the NATO summit, I will veto the invitation, if it is extended at that level,” Milanović told the press in Vukovar.
NATO is holding a summit in Madrid later this month.
If the invitation is sent through lower levels, he said he was not sure he would be able to make the Croatian ambassador accept his position and veto the invitation.
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said in his channel in the Telegram messenger on Monday that Milanović risked Kyiv’s retaliation over his views and messages about Russia and Ukraine.
In reference to Medvedev’s statement, Milanović said he did not want to “bite that hook”, insisting he was not taking Russia’s side.
“The Russians are playing their game. They are the aggressor in this war, and we have our own clique working actively against the interests of the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I took the oath to protect them, too, and I will die a political death for them, if necessary,” said Milanović
Milanović added that he was not afraid either of Russia or of Ukraine, and claimed that he was on the Croatian side and was fighting “for the Croatian state and nation.”
“We are being treated like fools and a third-class nation,” he said, accusing Prime Minister Andrej Plenković of supporting all that “like a scoundrel”.
Milanović reiterated his accusations against the Plenković government, claiming that it was pursuing “a treacherous policy” towards the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.