Croatia wants to develop economic, cultural ties with Russia
Russia remains one of Croatia’s most promising partners in economy, science and culture, Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said on Sunday. "We are interested in expanding economic, trade, scientific and technical cooperation with Russia", Pusic, who also serves as the first deputy prime minister, told TASS. "Economy is a high priority sphere", Pusic said. "Croatian companies are seeking cooperation with Russian firms. The Russian market is one of the most attractive for our economic agents." At the same time, Pusic added, "Russian firms and businessmen are welcome" in Croatia. Croatia welcomes Russian tourists. "Tourism provides wonderful opportunities for citizens’ communication and common understanding. Russian tourists are welcome in Croatia. They are very important for us. We are looking forward to the opportunity to raise the number of tourists from Russia", said Pusic. Croatia’s top diplomat recalled that the two nations had had a positive experience of visa-free travel. Visas for Russian citizens were introduced after the republic joined the European Union. "Unfortunately, we cannot continue this practice [of visa-free exchange]. This is contrary to norms existing in the EU", she said. "But we have more than 20 visa centres in Russia and we are trying to make visa application process for tourists as easy as possible."