Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlic Radman said on March 17 that his Serbian counterpart, Nikola Selakovic's response to a Croatian demarche was unheard of in diplomacy, and far from good neighbourliness.
The Croatian minister said in an interview with the Croatian Radio that Selakovic's reference to the Croatian note of protest as one of the most ridiculous and meaningless he had ever received could in no way contribute to the development of bilateral ties between Croatia and Serbia, adding that his narrative was neither pro-European nor in the spirit of good neighborly relations, the Hina agency quoted the minister as saying.
"If Serbia wants to join the European Union (EU), it certainly can't go on with such a narrative," Grlic-Radman said, adding that Croatia had waited a few days for the authorities in Serbia to respond, "but they neither responded nor condemned the threats of personal nature, distributed deliberately using the Croatian community's portals and emails."
The minister underlined that those were not just comments on social networks, but direct threats. "The fact that the authorities in Subotica apprehended one or two citizens makes it clear that our note did make sense, and it was welcomed by the Croats in Vojvodina as well," the Croatian foreign minister said.