Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in the evening on Nov. 23 said that Zagreb had been informed of the evidence Belgrade had collected about the activities of expelled Croatian diplomat Hrvoje Snajder, which represented serious violations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, because, Dacic explained, “he is not an intelligence officer, but a diplomat, and cannot be engaged in anything else, but diplomacy.”
“This is for the avoidance of any doubt, because as it has been said that they have not been informed. They were timely informed and presented with evidence. They include documented findings, evidence supporting claims and facts of which Croatia has been informed a while ago and, as one would expect, they should have taken certain steps, but they have not,” Dacic told a joint news conference after a meeting with his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib.
On Nov. 20, the Serbian Foreign Ministry declared Croatian diplomat Hrvoje Snajder persona non grata, over “serious violations of diplomatic norms and the Vienna Convention,” which defines diplomatic relations between countries.
On Nov. 21, the Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry took a reciprocal move by declaring Petar Novakovic, an advisor at the Serbian Embassy in Zagreb, persona non grata.