Increasingly Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine from NATO Powers is “Deeply Immoral”. Croatian President spoke like Hungarian PM Orban
Ukraine will never retake Crimea
by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
«Increasingly lethal military aid to Ukraine from NATO powers is “deeply immoral” and will only extend Kiev’s bloody conflict with Russia, causing more casualties and heightening the risk of nuclear war in a pointless pursuit of absurd goals, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has claimed» Russia Today wrote.
“I am against sending any lethal weapons there,” Milanovic told reporters at a briefing in Petrinja, south of Zagreb. “It’s only prolonging the war. What’s the goal? Carving up Russia? Regime change? They’re talking about partitioning Russia. This is madness.”
Zoran Milanović (born 30 October 1966) is a Croatian politician serving as President of Croatia since 19 February 2020. Prior to assuming the presidency, he was prime minister from 2011 to 2016 and president of the Social Democratic Party from 2007 to 2016.
Milanovic made his comments after the governments of Germany and the US last week announced that they had decided to send battle tanks to Ukraine. Moscow has warned that such aid creates a greater risk of escalation, especially if Western weapons are used to strike Russian cities or try to seize Russian territory. Nevertheless, Washington and its top NATO allies have pledged to continue arming Ukraine for as long as it takes to win the conflict – however Kiev defines victory.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has vowed to retake all lost territories, including Crimea, which became part of Russia following the overthrow of Kiev’s elected government in 2014. Milanovic argued that Crimea “will never be Ukraine” – a point on which even Germany’s generals agree.
“This is deeply immoral, what we’re doing, the collective West,” the Croatian president said. “German tanks will just unite the Russians, and China. My goal is to distance ourselves [Croatia] from it, to not be circus dogs. Any kind of participation in this is deadly dangerous.”
Milanovic said efforts to provoke conflict with Russia had been ongoing since 2014, “and a war broke out.” He warned that NATO leaders shouldn’t assume that they can treat Russia like Serbia, which the Western bloc bombed in 1999 amid violence in Kosovo. The breakaway province later declared its independence from Serbia.
“Please understand Russia is not the same as Serbia,” Milanovic said. “That’s a painful fact, and dangerous. We annexed Kosovo, us and the international community. It was taken from Serbia. Did we not do it? Did we not recognize Kosovo? Oh it’s not an annexation, it’s a seizure? Whatever. This isn’t about Kosovo, but about the concept.”
“BRUSSELS IS TERRORISING HUNGARY”
A few days ago the Croatian President Zoran Milanović travelled to Budapest at the invitation of Hungarian President Katalin Novák. He was received by his Hungarian counterpart at the Sándor Palace on January, 20, 2023.
As reported by Saily News Hungary, «According to the politician, although they have different political views, this does not change the fact that the two countries have been good neighbours for a long time. “We disagree on some ideological issues, but it turned out that I was one of the few people who dared to go there,” said Zoran Milanović”».
“Hungarian politics is different, but these democrats are terrorising them terribly”, the Croatian president said, referring to Brussels.
Ukraine’s allies have drifted into war but Hungary won’t, Orban says
In an interview with Hungarian state radio, Viktor Orban said Germany’s decision on Wednesday to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine was emblematic of the increasing role Western countries are playing in the war, now in its 12th month.
«Rather than arming Ukraine, the West should pursue “a ceasefire and peace talks,” Orban said, without giving details of what he imagined such negotiations would mean for Ukraine’s future territorial integrity” CBC reported on January, 27, 2023.
“It started with the Germans saying they were willing to send helmets, because they wouldn’t send lethal tools into the war since that would mean participation in it. This is where we started,” Orban said. “Now, we’re at battle tanks, and they’re already talking about planes.”
Orban, who has refused to send weapons to neighbouring Ukraine and has held up some European Union efforts to provide aid packages to Kyiv, has consistently argued against EU sanctions on Moscow and portrayed countries that assist Ukraine as being “on the side of war.