“The prime minister was untruthful again. Not a day goes by without that man telling a lie. He says I could have but did not get involved (…) But I did, via the chief of the Main Staff, who answers to me, via the Croatian Air Force commander,” Milanović told reporters in Petrinja.
“Do I have to say all the time that the prime minister is a liar? That’s lying. Or the man knows nothing about the state nor about the commission whose appointment he signed,” he said, adding that on that commission was the Main Staff chief, “who answers first and foremost to me. So, I have all the inside information.”
Asked if a decision which fighter jets to purchase would be made by the end of the month, as announced by the defence minister, Milanović said, “I don’t believe anything.”
That’s irresponsible, amateurish, dilettante behaviour, he added.
Asked to comment on Milanović’s statement that the government was taking too long to decide on the best multi-purpose fighter jets, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Thursday that Milanović had refused to appoint his representative on the competent commission and sought to distance himself from the process. “What does he care then? Why the rush? We will decide at our own convenience.”
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