“Croatia’s president visited the site of a World War II concentration camp on Friday and honored its victims, while Jewish leaders are boycotting the main commemoration ceremony for the third year in a row.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said visiting the Jasenovac camp near Zagreb “evokes a feeling of deep regret over the crimes that took place here and respect for all the innocent victims.” (Associated Press)

“The flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet, “USS Mount Whitney,” is currently undergoing repairs in the Croatian shipyard “Viktor Lenac.” The Blue Ridge-class command ship with over 300 crew members arrived in Croatia yesterday and the month long regular maintenance work started almost immediately.” (Dubrovnik Times)

“Speaking following the publication of the Central Bureau of Statistics report on the budget and public debt, the Prime Minister said that Croatia had achieved a unique result in public finances last year and that it marked the first time in Croatian history that it had earned more than it spent.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that on Friday previous announcements from his government had been officially confirmed, “that we achieved a unique result in public finances last year, and that Croatia has for the first to made more money than it spent,” the Prime Minister said in a statement. He added that the confirmed results exceeded government’s expectations but are in line with its policy of responsible fiscal management.” (Voice of Croatia)

“Russian banks came to Croatia to stabilise the situation in Agrokor, which affects the stability of the government and the country as a whole, said the Russian Ambasador to Croatia, Anvar Azimov, on Tuesday.

“I wonder why your Western friends and strategic partners did not come and help with the Agrokor situation. Russia is a reliable friend and Russia has once again proved itself to be a reliable friend to Croatia,” Azimov said.

At an informal gathering in Zagreb’s Cvjetni Square, held on the occasion of Croatia’s participation in the World Cup in Russia, Azimov was asked about the plans the Russian banks had with Croatia’s indebted food and retail conglomerate Agrokor. He said Sberbank and VTB arrived in Croatia to help stabilise the situation in Agrokor.” (N1)