Croatian President Zoran Milanovic on Monday offered more criticism of the policy of arming Ukraine, saying that by providing tanks and other heavy weapons, his fellow NATO members are prolonging the war.
“I am against sending any lethal arms there. It prolongs the war,” Milanovic said. “What is the goal? Disintegration of Russia, change of the government? There is also talk of tearing Russia apart. This is mad.”
Milanovic said the war was provoked by the US and NATO. “From 2014 to 2022, we are watching how someone provokes Russia with the intention of starting this war,” he said.
“What is the goal of this war? A war against a nuclear power that is at war in another country? Is there a conventional way to defeat such a country? Who pays the price? Europe. America pays the least,” he added.
Milanovic said what the Western powers are doing in Ukraine is “deeply immoral” and said that Crimea will never be taken from Russia. He compared the situation in Crimea to Kosovo, which was separated from Serbia following a 1999 NATO bombing campaign and formally declared independence in 2008.
“We have annexed Kosovo — we and the international community. It was taken from Serbia. Who did it, if not us — we did recognize Kosovo, after all?” he said. “I’m not questioning Kosovo itself, but the entire concept.”
Milanovic is one of the few leaders of a NATO country who is outspoken in his opposition to arming Ukraine and rejected an EU plan to have Croatia help train Ukrainian troops. Milanovic is not alone in his opposition, as the proposal to train Ukrainian soldiers failed to gain approval in Croatia’s parliament.