Croatia’s foreign minister sparked controversy by greeting his German counterpart with a kiss at a meeting of EU ministers in Berlin on Thursday.
Gordan Grlić-Radman shook hands with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and then leaned forward to kiss her.
It has been criticized in some Croatian media, with women’s rights activist Rada Boric describing the incident as “highly inappropriate”.
Mr Grlić-Radman defended the moment as a “warm, human approach to a colleague”.
Ms. Baerbock has not commented so far.