Andrej Plenkovic, the former member of the European Parliament and now the Prime Minister of Croatia, is a great supporter of Ukraine. Olexandr Levchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador in Croatia, said this while commenting on Plenkovic’s appointment.
The official said that the new Croatian Premier even chose to visit Ukraine as one of the first countries to visit in his new status.
‘He’s relatively young politician with a huge European experience. He actually has 30 days to shape the new Cabinet, but it seems now that only 7-9 days will be necessary for that to happen. As for relations with Ukraine, he’s our sincere friend. I had a meeting with him recently, and he promised to pay one of his first foreign visits to Ukraine. The very first visit will be in the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, then Brussels, and then perhaps Kyiv’, Levchenko said.
Plenkovic said he’d support Ukraine in three directions. ‘The first one is the European integration path since Croatia has a unique experience here. The second is Croatian experience in fighting the domestic and external aggression, and restoration of the territorial integrity. Finally, the experience of peaceful reintegration of territories, which is extremely important to us,’ the Ukrainian diplomat said.
In June 2016, the Croatian Parliament dismissed the Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, who ruled the country less than six months. Soon after that, the Parliament voted for the voluntary dissolution. Andrej Plenkovic was appointed as the country’s new Prime Minister on Monday, October 10.