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On November 22, within the framework of the working visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation A.V. Grushko to Zagreb, political consultations were held with the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia F.Matusic and Director of the Political Affairs Department P.Mikhatov. Meetings were held with the foreign policy advisers to the President of the Republic of Croatia N. Pelicaric and the Prime Minister – V. Drobnyak, the head of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Z. Frka-Petesic.

The exchange of views on the entire spectrum of interaction between Russia and Croatia, on topical issues on the regional and international agenda, including on the Russia-European Union line, was thorough and interested. A constructive and rich Russian-Croatian political dialogue was noted, tasks were outlined to improve the legal framework of bilateral relations, and favorable prospects for the development of practical ties were stated in the context of the activities of the Intergovernmental Russian-Croatian Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

Special attention was paid to the current situation in the Western Balkans, primarily in Bosnia and Herzegovina, taking into account the role of Russia as the guarantor state of the General Framework (Dayton) Agreement on Peace in BiH and the status of Croatia as one of the parties to this document. Support was emphasized for the fundamental Dayton principles of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, equality of its two entities and three state-forming peoples – Bosnians, Serbs and Croats, who should be guaranteed the constitutional right to legitimate representation in government at all levels.

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