Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Wednesday dismissed Most’s claim that he had promised President Emmanuel Macron that Zagreb would buy French fighter jets in exchange for more economic relief funds from the EU.
Plenković snapped back at Most MP Zvonimir Troskot who asked if the prime minister had cut a deal with France in exchange for more EU funding.
“Did you agree to accept a deal to purchase French fighter jets in order to recieve financial assistance from the EU?" Torskot asked.
“I has always been my impression that Most is a kind of pub democracy, the kind of gossip that takes place in cafes, in the streets, but this kind of amateurism, this pathetic of a thesis, that I did not expect,” Plenkovic shot back, adding that he was "fascinated by freshman lawmakers". He accused Troskot of disseminating false information, which he said made Troskot less credible as a member of parliament.
Croatia received last week bids for the procurement of multi-use fighter jets from Sweden, the USA, France, and Israel. Croatia will now begin assessing the bids. An interdepartmental commission for the purchase of the aircraft will recommend the best bid by December 12.
Sweden has offered its new Gripen C/D model, while the United States is looking to sell Croatia new F-16 block 70 aircraft. France bid its used Rafal model and Israel offered used F-16 block 30 fighter jets.