Defence Minister Josip Buljevic said on Wednesday that Croatia will know how to protect its interests and if Serbia doesn't respect what was agreed with regard to negotiation chapters 23 and 24, it will face sanctions by Croatia.
Commenting on the dissatisfaction of Croatian veterans with Croatian diplomatic activities in this regard, because Serbia was given the green light to open negotiation chapters 23 and 24 even though it has not withdrawn its regional jurisdiction to try war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, Minister Buljevic said that if Serbia was to behave in an uneuropean way, Croatia would impose sanctions.
"Croatia will know how to protect its interests and will certainly monitor Serbia's every step and if it should not respect what was agreed and if was to behave in an uneuropean way, we will find a way to impose sanctions," Buljevic told reporters on Wednesday.
According to Buljevic, it is in Croatia's interest for Serbia to progress on the path to Europe. "However, it is in our interest that an exclusively European Serbia progresses," he said.
Asked whether Croatia's diplomacy had made an error in this situation, Buljevic briefly replied, "No."
Asked to comment on the "veterans' revolt" over the opening of chapters 23 and 24, Buljevic said that he wouldn't call it a revolt but talks between "two partners in social life."
Asked whether Serbia could continue to arrest Croatian citizens, generals and soldiers, Buljevic said that "Croatia will know how to react in the right way."