On a rainy day, Croatia’s Minister of Defense Ivan Anušić escorted the 40th Croatian contingent to the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. The Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia have been taking part in the KFOR operation for 15 years, with a total of 1,872 members having passed through them, including 100 women. This new contingent comprises 150 soldiers, with nine women among them. There is an equal number of older and experienced soldiers as well as young members.
Brigadier Rajko Perić and Admiral Robert Hranj addressed the soldiers, stressing the importance of their mission in maintaining peace and stability in Kosovo. Minister Anušić spoke to the troops, emphasizing their role in maintaining security, particularly given recent conflicts in Ukraine and Israel. He also highlighted the need for strengthening the army and defense, as well as completing strategic projects for equipment procurement.
Anušić also addressed the issue of declining interest among young people in serving in the military. He outlined the Ministry’s strategic projects, including plans to purchase Black Hawk helicopters, Patria armored vehicles, and coastal ships. Additionally, he mentioned plans to return to Beli Manastir.
Finally, when asked about running for president of Croatia, Anušić simply replied ‘No’.