Zagreb did not allow the President of Serbia to visit the memorial on the territory of the former concentration camp, where several tens of thousands of Serbs were killed from 1941 to 1945. Belgrade responded by introducing a special regime for Croatian diplomats
Alexander Vucic and Alexander Vulin
Serbia introduces a special regime for Croatian diplomats from July 17 because of the ban on President Alexander Vucic to visit the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia. This was announced by the head of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs Alexander Vulin.
Diplomats from Croatia upon entry will have to additionally justify their visit or passage through Serbia. “Alexandr Vučić, the grandson of the Jasenovac victim, was not allowed to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies killed. <…> Today, the Ustaše (the name of the Croatian fascist party that organized the genocide of these peoples in 1941–1945. —RBC), members of the European Union, do not want to be reminded how many children they killed»,— said Vulin.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic called the incident “the biggest scandal in the modern history of relations.” between the two countries. “It's like forbidding the President of Israel to visit Auschwitz,” — she declared.
Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovich said that Serbia sent a note to the Croatian embassy, which it refused to accept. The document stated that the ministry was “shocked by the illegal, anti-European and anti-civilizational decision of the Croatian Foreign Ministry”, which “violates the principle of freedom of movement.”
Vučić planned to visit the memorial at the site of the concentration camp on a private visit. The Croatian diplomatic department explained the refusal of Vučić by the fact that Belgrade did not notify him of the visit in advance. In addition, the visit of a high-ranking representative of another country to Croatia cannot be of a private nature, the Croatian government stressed. They assured that they did not want the deterioration of relations with Serbia.
The Jasenovac concentration camp, created by the Ustashe regime collaborating with Nazi Germany, was located on the territory of the Independent State of Croatia, not far from Zagreb. According to various estimates, from several tens of thousands to more than 700 thousand people died there. Yugoslav partisans liberated the territory of the camp in April 1945.
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