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Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Thursday he saw himself in business after his term ended and that he hoped a new government would be formed as soon as possible.

Asked by the press how he saw regional politics and who were Croatia's main partners and allies in regional politics, Oreskovic said that Croatia, as the newest member of the European Union and a member of NATO, had always supported Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

Oreskovic said that at a recent meeting with Macedonian PM Emil Dimitriev in Vienna, he supported Macedonia's European integration bid. He said this whole region should join the EU as soon as possible, and even NATO, in order to defuse tensions and strengthen peace and stability.

He said that Croatia, "as the main player in the region, can give support for that stability," adding that "it's good that we cooperate with our partners in the region. We will support them but also ask that they meet all the requirements that Croatia had to meet."

Asked if the EU should lift its sanctions against Russia, Oreskovic said this topic was often "on the European table" and that it would be additionally discussed, although the time was perhaps not right yet.

Asked if the caretaker government should have adopted decisions declaring two tourism investments as strategic projects, he said they were "strategic investments launched by the previous government, and this government did everything under the law. We haven't adopted even one decision, and we won't, while we are in power, that isn't in line with the law."

He said those two investments were in the interest of Croatia and GDP growth. Asked why those decisions could not have waited for the new government to adopt them, he said "this government didn't wait but did everything it could, in line with the law and within our possibilities."

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