Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL) Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL)

According to the Večernji list daily, international arms dealer Zvonko Zubak is offering Croatia 12 Brazilian Mirage 2000 fighter jets for 76 million dollars.

Croatian Defense Ministry officials declined to make any official comments on the report, noting only that any decision will be made by government and the office of the president. However, unofficial sources have confirmed that the ministry has contacted both the French and Brazilian authorities.

Croatia was set to buy 12 used F-16 fighter jets from Israel for roughly 450 million dollars. However, the sale was ultimately quashed by the US as Israel failed to obtain permission from Washington to sell the jets it had received for free from the US.

Source: HRT