The Serbian BIA has announced that they have uncovered a Croatian diplomat who was attempting to establish a network in Belgrade, targeting individuals in politics, business, and the media, according to Alo.rs. They claim that Serbian authorities had been monitoring the diplomat’s activities for some time and took appropriate action when they found evidence. Novosti.rs reports that this involved “documented espionage and recruitment to work for the Croatian service.” However, no further information or sources were provided to support these claims.
Following this revelation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia declared Hrvoj Šnajder, the first secretary at the Croatian embassy in Belgrade, persona non grata in accordance with the Vienna Convention, which governs diplomatic and consular relations. Minister Gordan Grlić-Radman expressed surprise at this decision and stated that he needed to investigate the matter further. Meanwhile, Hidajet Biščević, the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Serbia, declined to comment on the case, stating that it was beyond his scope to do so.