Defence minister criticises tanks story
Defence Minister Martin Barták has criticised an article in Lidové noviny on the alleged mothballing of the Czech Army’s remaining 30 tanks, saying on Friday it was speculative and not based on the truth. Earlier the Czech daily reported that the tanks could soon be put into storage due to cuts in spending; modernisation of the T-72M4 tanks requires around 4.5 billion crowns, a source said. The army general staff was reported as saying a final decision on the tanks would be taken in the autumn, once the depths of spending cuts became clear. Although he criticised the article, the defence minister did not completely rule out the tanks could be put into storage.