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Sep 24, 2015

Hrvatska-Croatia EU-NATO Country sends arms to Syria but won't take refugees, then blockades Serbia

Hrvatska-Croatia
EU-NATO Country sends arms to Syria but won’t take refugees, then blockades Serbia

Croatia is a country of the former Yugoslavia. Note when you read ‘Former Yugoslavia”you should ascertain which country specifically is referred to.

In the following 2013 article by the Telegraph, they refer to Zagreb as in the ‘former Yugoslavia’. What they don’t say is that Croatia is a NATO and EU country. Not all Former Yugoslavia countries are NATO and not all are EU.

US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’

The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo, it was claimed yesterday

It claimed 3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November.

The story confirmed the origins of ex-Yugoslav weapons seen in growing numbers in rebel hands in online videos, as described last month by The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, but suggests far bigger quantities than previously suspected.

The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbours. But the report added that as well as from Croatia, weapons came “from several other European countries including Britain”, without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.

British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers. The Americans are also believed to be providing training on securing chemical weapons sites inside Syria.

President Barack Obama has been lukewarm about arming Syrian rebels though many of his aides have been privately been keener.

The story in the Jutarnji List newspaper gave the fullest details yet of the arms shipments which have enabled rebel forces to begin advancing across the north of Syria in recent weeks, after months of stalemate.

The weapons, including rocket launchers, recoil-less guns and the M79 anti-tank weapon, have been seen in rebel hands in numerous videos, and were first spotted by an arms expert Eliot Higgins, who blogs under the name Brown Moses. He traced them moving from Dera’a in the south, near the Jordanian border, to Aleppo and Idlib provinces in the north.

Western officials told the New York Times that the weapons had been bought from Croatia by Saudi Arabia, and that they had been funnelled to rebel groups seen by the west as more secular and nationalist.

The British involvement fits with the government’s policy of doing all it can to help the rebels within the EU arms embargo, which was modified but not dropped at the start of this month. Croatia, a close western ally, does not join the EU until July 1 and has yet to implement the relevant EU legislation, though it has denied the newspaper’s claims.

The claims were denied by the Foreign Office. “While the Foreign Secretary has ruled out no options for the future, the UK has not supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition,” a spokesman said. “This would be a clear breach of the current EU arms embargo.”

According to the Croat newspaper, the first cargo planes involved with the shipment were from Turkey, but most have been from Jordanian International Air Cargo, whose Russian-made Ilyushin jets have been seen regularly at Zaghreb airport in recent months.

The airlift of dated but effective Yugoslav-made weapons meets key concerns of the West, and especially Turkey and the United States, who want the rebels to be better armed to drive out the Assad regime but fear ultra-modern weaponry getting into the hands of jihadists and the PKK Kurdish terror group.

Nevertheless, Mr Higgins has recently posted videos showing some of the Croat weapons in the hands of the jihadist group Ahrar al-Sham.

Although regarded as hostile to the West, it fights closely with other Free Syrian Army units regarded as acceptable recipients of weapons.

Now the refugee crises in Europe has neighbors fighting about taking in refugees.  Serbia and her police have been very kind to the refugees, unlike others in Europe.  The Serbs have been assisting the refugees in relocating to the EU (who had for the most part armed the ‘rebels’ (ISIS, ISIL, IS, whatever). 

Serbia facilitated the refugees to Hungary (NATO-EU)only to find that Hungary erected a fence on its southern border to block them.  Serbia then transported the refugees to Croatia (NATO-EU).  Croatia is now retaliating against Serbia by shutting down the border crossings. This does great harm to Serbia as goods are shipped to the west via Croatia. Note that Croatia is who started the armed conflict firing up the Balkan Wars.

Serbia will not stand for these abuses for long. Serbs are a beautifully charitable people, but they are also a very passionate people. It may take a minute to set off the ire of Serbia, but once it is set off, there will be hell to pay.

Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:34am EDT reuters

Migrants stir border row between ex-Yugoslav foes

Serbia threatened to retaliate on Tuesday after Croatia halted all cargo traffic from its eastern neighbor, with relations between the ex-Yugoslav republics starting to fray over the flow of migrants across their joint border.

More than 30,000 migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, have entered European Union member Croatia from Serbia since Tuesday last week, when Hungary barred their entry to the EU over its southern border with Serbia with a metal fence.

They are being bussed by Serbia direct to the Croatian border, having entered Serbia from Macedonia. Croatia says it cannot cope with the numbers and, in apparent retaliation, has closed all but one of its road border crossings with Serbia and halted trucks from entering on the Belgrade-Zagreb highway, one of Serbia’s two main arteries to the west.

“We’re not fools; we see what they’re doing,” Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic told reporters.

Both Serbia and Croatia were part of socialist Yugoslavia but Croatia broke away in 1991 and fought a war against Belgrade-backed Serb rebels until 1995.

With a queue of trucks on the highway 12 kilometers (7 miles) long, Serbia called an extraordinary cabinet session to discuss possible ‘counter-measures’.

“We’re waiting for the EU to react by 2 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EDT), otherwise Serbia will respond calmly, without violating any rules, but it will demonstrate that Croatia cannot torture or humiliate Serbia and destroy Serbian business without consequences,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday.

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Croatia is sending migrants north across its own border with Hungary – which in turn sends them to Austria – but is struggling to keep pace with the influx. It says Serbia should direct them to Hungary and Romania too.

A new migrant crossing point emerged overnight at the Croatian village of Bapska, with hundreds seen walking through rolling hills to a new camp for 4,000 at Opatovac, which is fast reaching capacity.

Several thousand more were waiting in no-man’s land between Sid in Serbia and Tovarnik in Croatia; some spent the night sleeping in a cemetery.

“I think it is perfectly clear that what we are seeing is organized transport of migrants directly to Croatia (from Serbia),” Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic told RTL television late on Monday.

Ostojic, who was due to attend a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels on Tuesday to agree responses to the migration crisis, said Croatia was “absolutely ready” to shut, to all traffic, the main Bajakovo-Batrovci crossing on the highway, the last crossing that remains open.

Serbia’s Vucic threatened to retaliate.

If Croatia does not lift the blockade, he said late on Monday, “due to violations of numerous bilateral and international agreements we will be forced to protect our country by legal means.”

“That will hit their country far harder than their measures are hurting ours,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic in OPATOVAC, Croatia and Igor Ilic andZoran Radosavljevic in ZAGREB; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

 

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