Situation in Montenegro should be closely monitored, says Croatian FM

ZAGREB, 22 Jan (Hina) – Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radmansaid on Monday the situation in Montenegro should be closely monitored so that the country stayed on the European path.

He was speaking in Brussels ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers which will focus on the Middle East situation as well as long-term security commitments to Ukraine and the military support in its war with Russia.

“The Western Balkans should remain in the center of the EU’s attention,” said Grlić Radman, who recently visited Montenegro.

He mentioned that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and prime ministers Andrej Plenković of Croatia and Mark Rutte of the Netherlands will visit Sarajevo tomorrow.

“They will encourage the reform process in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the aim of opening accession negotiations in March.”

Grlić Radman said he would call for making efforts towards deescalation in the Red Sea, for delivering more aid to Gaza and for freeing all hostages.

Regarding Ukraine, he said the EU’s support must stay strong and predictable, and that it was necessary to increase the military assistance via the European Peace Facility.

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