Croatian leader says Trump, Putin key to peace

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And it wasn't just on the pitch the Croatians were winning folk over, the Croatian Prime Minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic proved to be a big hit with football fans as she was spotted supporting her side, hugging fans and even congratulating French President Emmanuel Macron after France won 4-2 in the final.

Grabar-Kitarovic, who lived through Croatia's 1991 independence war and governs in a region that has been caught up in larger geopolitical battles, said Trump's meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin could calm global tensions instead of inflame them.

While Putin was handed an umbrella, she stood soaked but smiling in the heavy rain, clearly delighted by Croatia's showing.

"Best scene at the World Cup". No politics, only sport!

Despite the fact the two were rivals at the stadium with each of their team fighting for victory, the two presidents seemed to have forgotten all that and went on to get comfortable with each other while both their teams were on the playing field battling it out.

No wonder Croatia- thought to be an underdog- made it to the finals.

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The AP said that the Croatian president shrugged off Trump's aggressive behaviour with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies at a meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.

- Croatia's president hopes her American and Russian counterparts show "responsibility" and remember they are the guarantors of the world's stability when they hold their first summit on Monday and remember.

After the team got through to the quarter-finals, Grabar-Kitarovic popped into the players' changing room and celebrated with the team.

"Grabar-Kitarović steered clear of sensitive issues, such as the pro-Ukrainian sentiment among some Croatian soccer players at the World Cup that has angered the tournament's Russian hosts", the news agency said.

"The Croatian president is coming out of this as the victor".

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