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Croatian minister apologizes over awkward kiss for Germanys FM Baerbock


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Published November 04,2023


Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman has apologized after greeting German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock with a kiss throughout an EU assembly, a gesture that drew criticism as inappropriate.

Radman stated he was not instantly conscious that he had presumably embarrassed his German counterpart with the overly pleasant greeting throughout a gathering of overseas ministers from the EU and several other nations within the means of becoming a member of the EU in Berlin on Thursday.

“Maybe it was an awkward moment,” Radman stated, in line with Croatian media. “If someone saw something bad in it, then I apologize to whoever took it that way.”

Due to the delay of his airplane, he solely noticed Baerbock on the “family photo” through which all of the EU ministers gathered to pose collectively, Radman continued.

“I don’t know what the problem was. I didn’t see it; I wasn’t aware of it. We always greet each other warmly. It’s a warm human interaction between colleagues.”

Video footage of the incident had proven Radman making an attempt to kiss Baerbock whereas the “family photo” was being taken and the way she shortly turns away to the facet.

German tabloid newspaper Bild first reported on the incident. According to Bild, individuals near Baerbock stated it was an ungainly try and greet one another shortly.

Baerbock herself didn’t need to touch upon the occasions at a press convention along with her Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in Baku on Saturday night. In response to a query from a reporter, she merely stated: “We didn’t talk about kissing today.”

Critics in Croatia accused Radman of publicly embarrassing a high German authorities official and bringing disgrace on his personal nation.

“Forcibly kissing women is also called violence, isn’t it?” wrote former Croatian prime minister Jadranka Kosor, who led the nation from 2009 to 2011, in a submit to social media.

Source: www.anews.com.tr

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