The Russian Embassy in Croatia sounded regret over the Croatian government’s decision to expel a Russian diplomat as a sign of solidarity with the United Kingdom over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergie Skrinal in the UK.
According to the Total Croatia News, the Embassy described this decision as an act of hostility, noting that by deciding to expel the diplomat, Croatia has sided with the US and 14 EU member states in a coordinated response to the poisoning.
The source quoted the Russian Embassy as saying that Croatia, in a show of Bloc solidarity with EU and NATO countries has made an ill-judged decision which will have its negative consequences on the development of relations between Croatia and Russia, regretting that Croatia has made such a hasty move.
This, according to the Russian Embassy, will also affect trade and economic cooperation, especially at a time when the Croatia-Russia cooperation was starting to develop at an appropriate pace.
The statement issued by the Russian Embassy read as follows: “We consider this act unfriendly and contrary to objectives and interests of Russia-Croatia relations, not to mention the search for the reasons and those responsible for the incident that occurred in Salisbury on March 4, the investigation of which is biased.”
It further pointed out that Russia would respond and that counter-measures would follow in the shortest time possible. Moreover, the Russian Foreign Ministry had issued a statement in which it denounced the expulsions as an unfriendly step, saying “The provocative gesture of the so-called solidarity of these countries with London, which blindly followed the British authorities in the so-called Skripal case and which never got around to sort out the circumstances of the incident, is a continuation of the confrontational policy to escalate the situation.”