PRAGUE - Czech defense minister Jaroslav Tvrdik on May 24 angrily dismissed Friday a Belgian offer to sell the Czech Republic 24 used Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters. Tvrdik told journalists in Prague that the offer, made by the Belgian ministry of defense at the beginning of May, amounted to "interference" in Czech internal politics, because the country's senate is about to debate the purchase of 24 Gripen fighters from the BAE Systems/Saab consortium. According to Tvrdik, the ...


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