MPs are debating the SDP’s interpellation over government’s failed bid to buy used F-16 fighter jets from Israel.
The SDP say they want to establish to what extent Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević are to blame for the deal falling through. The deal was quashed after Israel was not given approval from the United States to sell the 12 F-16s it received for free from the US.
The SDP however, feels that the Plenković government is responsible for tarnishing Croatia’s international reputation. "Perhaps the most important thing in this is that this acquisition has shown that the Defense Ministry, which is being led by a politician- Mr. Krstičević, does not have the necessary capabilities and lacks the knowledge to handle such complex acquisitions," said SDP MP Peđa Grbin.
The SDP’s assessment was rejected outright by the prime minister. "Government rejects all of the claims filed in this interpellation as unfounded and incorrect, and proposes to the parliament that it reject the proposed conclusions presented in the interpellation. I assure you that all of the activities with regard to the acquisition of the fighter jets were conducted transparently, in line with the law, and in good faith with the required attention to detail," Plenković said.
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