Boban Stojanovic, from the Belgrade Faculty of Political Sciences, said on Friday that the latest tensions in relations between Serbia and Croatia were due to internal political interests and moving the focus from more important issues in real life.
He told TV N1 that was a key job for Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin, but that he did not do it “without the support of the highest political figure in the country.”
In a reference to Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, Stojanovic added that he and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic “do not take part in the exchange, but have their people to do that.”
Minister Vulin has always been a person “who wages a 'war',” Stojanovic said. “That is one of key jobs he is dealing with in recent years.”
He added that “there is no a conflict between Serbia and Croatia currently. It is a daily-political tit-for-tat that are happening relatively often, and my conclusion is that it is in the common interest of both sides.”
Stojanovic said that that respective politicians were actually sending messages to their voters by using diplomatic conflicts.
Speaking about Croatia, he said that for them “it is always good to be in conflict with Serbia, especially on the eve of any elections,” while Belgrade moved the focus from Kosovo to a problem with Zagreb, “what people here like.”
Stojanovic said that in the Balkans there were no political responsibility.