“Croatia’s President today became the first western statesman to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory. She also took the opportunity to call for the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations.

In her message of congratulations to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said that there are good conditions and perspectives for strengthening relations between the two countries. Her message stated, “It is my personal satisfaction to congratulate you on winning the presidential election, in my own name and in the name of the citizens of the Republic of Croatia.”

‘There are good conditions and good prospects for advancing and strengthening relations between the Republic of Croatia and the Russian Federation, which are connected by very strong historic ties,’ the Croatian president said. She also said that she is convinced that these ideal conditions will be taken advantage of to ‘achieve fruitful co-operation in a number of areas of importance to the well-being of our citizens.'” (Voice of Croatia)