“The United States Ambassador to Croatia Robert Kohorst said on Monday that the sale of oil and gas company INA [ZSE:INA] to a Russian company would be a mistake, Croatian media reported.

The U.S. sees Russia as a disturbing factor in the region and Croatia should do business with a partner interested in seeing the country become a success, news agency Hina quoted Kohorst as telling reporters.

‘We want Croatia to have a partner that is willing to offer support,’ Kohorst noted.

The comment of the U.S. envoy was made in response to the stated intention of Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft to acquire a stake in INA. The head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, revealed last year that the company is considering entering INA as it pursues investments in the region.

Kohorst, however, thinks this would be a poor move.” (See News)