The military bloc needs to “raise its readiness” in the face of “a pure and clear threat,” Zagreb has maintained
Police inspect site of a drone crash in Zagreb, Croatia, Friday, March 11, 2022. © AP / Darko Bandic
NATO has been too slow to react to a drone that flew all the way from Ukraine into Croatian territory before crashing in Zagreb earlier this week, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday, adding that the military bloc is in need of a shakeup.
“We cannot tolerate this situation, nor should it have ever happened,” Plenkovic told journalists, referring to Thursday’s incident, in which a six-ton unmanned aircraft crashing into a field near a student dormitory.
“This was a pure and clear threat and both NATO and the EU should have reacted,» the prime minister added, after visiting the drone crash site. The crash resulted in no injuries but dozens of parked cars were damaged, according to media reports.
“We will work to raise the readiness not only of [ourselves] but of others as well,” Plenkovic promised. The Soviet-era Tu-141 ‘Strizh’ reconnaissance drone briefly entered Romanian airspace from Ukraine before flying for about 40 minutes over Hungary then flying further and into Croatia, where it apparently ran out of fuel, the reports said.