Hardly anyone could have expected war on the European continent in the 21st century, which could have inconceivable consequences on security and the economy. The world order has been brought into question. This isn’t only happening to Ukraine but to all of us, deputies underscored during the debate on the declaration.
They strongly supported the delivery of humanitarian and technical assistance to Ukraine and expressed readiness to accept its refugees.
“Croatia stand firm with you,” minority deputy Vladimir Bilek (National minorities group), and added that world peace and order are facing the biggest challenge since World War II and that the situation in Ukraine reminds us greatly of the 1991-1995 Homeland War.
“God save the Ukrainian people,” Stephen Nikola Bartulica (Homeland Movement), said claiming that we are living in a dangerous world. He is also concerned with Serbia’s failure to condemn the Russian aggression, adding that it was justified for Croatia to purchase fighter jets and invest in its defence resources.
He warned that the sanctions against Russia will have repercussions on Croatia’s economy too, hence it is important to take the security of the LNG terminal into account.
Marijan Pavliček (Croatian Sovereignists) warned that the crisis could spill over to our neighbourhood – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. “We have to be cautious and protect the interests of the Croatian people,” underscored Pavliček.
Krešo Beljak (HSS and RF) assessed that Croatia has to exert pressure on neighbouring countries to state who they are sided with and to clearly call for their accession to the NATO alliance.
MP Milorad Pupovac (SDSS) expressed solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine and that it would be a great loss if after the Berlin Wall had come down for a new Iron Curtain to be raised.
Davor Ivo Stier (HDZ) said that Croatia firmly supports the European journey for Southeast Europe and NATO allies in our neighbourhood and called for Europe’s future to be open for Serbia and for Kosovo.
He called on Bosniak leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina to accept Croats as equal partners and not to compel them to tactical cooperation with Banja Luka and authorities in the Republika Srpska entity which is a branch of Belgrade.
Lawmakers welcomed the unity expressed by the country’ leaders, the prime minister and president during these trying times.
All parliamentary groups welcomed the adoption of the Declaration on Ukraine and condemned Russia’s unprovoked aggression sending a message of solidarity and encouragement to the Ukrainian people.