Aleksandar Radic, a military analyst, said on Oct. 19 that a decision by Croatia to send a detail to join the Kosovo Force was an attempt to capitalize on the fact that Serbia was outside the framework of security mechanisms, and to solidify its role as a regional military factor.
In an comment for BETA, Radic recalled that Croatia had already developed military ties with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia, and that a new military presence in Kosovo was expanding its influence to the territory as well.
"Croatia's goal is clear. They may say it's an only natural task arising from the country's NATO membership, but it is evident that Croatia is trying to be a leading regional factor as well. Croatia is using the opportunity, the open field, as Serbia is outside the security mechanisms," Radic explained.
The military analyst also said that Serbia was in the Alliance's strategic depth, surrounded by its other members, which was why Serbia could not cooperate with its neighbors as spontaneously as Croatia could. "The Croats know that and are using the opportunity," Radic added.